Congregational Prayer: October 14, 2012…

At Trinity we alternate week by week. Every other week one of our men offers the Congregational Prayer on our behalf. I am blessed to be a pastor whose congregation prays for him regularly, diligently…

O Sovereign Lord!

The world is artful to entrap,
approaches in fascinating guise,
extends many a gilded bait,
presents many a charming face.
Let our faith scan every painted bauble,
and escape every bewitching snare
in a victory that overcomes all things.
In our duties give us firmness, energy, zeal,
devotion to thy cause,
courage in thy name,
love as a working grace,
and all commensurate with our trust.
Let faith stride forth in giant power,
and love respond with energy in every act.
We often mourn the absence of our beloved Lord
whose smile makes earth a paradise,
whose voice is sweetest music,
whose presence gives all graces strength.
But by unbelief we often keep him outside our door.
Let faith give entrance that he may abide with us for ever.

Thy Word is full of promises,
flowers of sweet fragrance,
fruit of refreshing flavour
when culled by faith.
May we be made rich in its riches,
be strong in its power,
be happy in its joy,
abide in its sweetness,
feast on its preciousness,
draw vigour from its manna.

O precious Lord, increase our faith!

The above is taken from The Valley of Vision, by Arthur Bennett, published by the Banner of Truth Trust. It is copyrighted material and reproduced here by permission. The full book, The Valley of Vision, is available from http://www.banneroftruth.org.

Heavenly Father, we are weak. We fail at every turn. We deal with sin on a continual basis…it weakens us, it beats us down. Lord, but we have faith, that faith that comes with knowing that You are God, that you give us a heart to understand what faith is…faith in your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, His work here on this earth…faith in that is what gets us through the day.

Heavenly Father, You are faithful to us, yet many times throughout history we have proven to be faith-less toward You. Let us not be like that. Let us be a people who are known for their faithfulness, like those cited by Paul and Peter, who, in greeting the saints in far distant places gave them the greatest praise, by letting them know that they were known for their faithfulness, that they were known by their faith, that they were known by the acts of love and graciousness and kindness…that was their calling card. Let us be like those people.

Lord, You tell us to lift everything to You in prayer. We come to You asking for many things, and there will be many things yet unread, many things yet unsaid. But You know them all. Prayer coming to You, does for us many things, not the least of which is to remind us continually that without You we are nothing and can do nothing.

We thank You, heavenly Father, for this opportunity in prayer.

We thank you for this church and its pastor. Thank You for his love of Your word and his dedication to service, in taking care of Your people. We pray that You would keep him strong, keep him healthy, keep he and his family from attacks because, as we all know, a man of God is certainly a big target in this world.

Lord, illness surrounds us on all sides, and as we look at our list of petitions and prayer requests, it seems that we hear every week of some new illness, some new disease that has taken on someone we know. Lord, this morning we lift up all of those to You.

Lord, we lift up pastors Nixon and Craw, pastors and sister churches to our congregation, and we also pray the same for us, that our families would incorporate a biblical, beautiful culture in our homes. And we cry out to you for committed elders and deacons. Even in this little body we cry out to you for committed elders and deacons, for we know that You will grow this church, and that You will bring people, especially the men into those positions of service for the flock. We pray that for all the churches, that they would grow both by the growth of families and by the conversion of repentant sinners.

We pray for our local congregations as well, Desert Springs and Hope Reformed in Aztec. We pray for our sponsor church in Meeker, Christ Reformed Church and her pastor, Rogers Meredith. We pray for all of these churches, regardless of their affiliations or denominational titles, that Your word would be faithfully preached and that Your people would faithfully execute and believe.

Father, there are many, many other prayer requests. We take comfort in knowing that You know them all, we take comfort in knowing that even when we don’t have the words, or the words don’t make sense, that the Holy Spirit is there working for us. Therefore we will close this prayer with a couple of verses from Hebrews, Chapter 12:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

We love you, God, we thank you for all that you do for us. It is in Your Son’s name, through the Holy Spirit we pray.

Amen

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