Congregational Prayer: May 11, 2014…


Father of all creation,
Known, but beyond knowledge,
Thy name is love,
in love receive our prayers.

Our sins are more than the wide sea’s sand,
but where sin abounds, there is grace more abundant.
Look to the cross of thy beloved Son,
and view the preciousness of his atoning blood;
Listen to his never-failing intercession,
and whisper to our hearts, “Thy sins are forgiven,
be of good cheer, lie down in peace.”
Grace cataracts from heaven and flows for ever,
and mercy never wearies in bestowing benefits.
Grant us more and more to prize the privilege of prayer,
to come to thee as a sin-soiled sinner,
to find pardon in thee,
to converse with thee,
to know thee in prayer as
the path in which our feet tread
the latch upon the door of our lips,
the light that shines through our eyes,
the music of our ears,
the marrow of our understanding,
the strength of our will,
the power of our affection,
the sweetness of our memory.
May the matter of our prayer be always wise, humble, submissive,
obedient, scriptural, Christ-like.
Give us unwavering faith that supplications are never in vain,
that if we seem not to obtain our petitions
we shall have larger, richer answers,
surpassing all that we ask or think.
Unsought, thou hast given us the greatest gift,
the person of thy Son,
and in him thou wilt give us all we need.

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

Father, we come before You this morning, giving You thanks, singing praises. Thanking You for loving us as much as You do, to give us this opportunity by giving Your Son to provide atonement for our sins, to give us a path to the foot of Your throne, to allow us to become part of Your family through this adoption.

We thank You for your grace and mercy in our lives, we thank You for Your provision and Providence. We seek to always recognize Your sovereignty in all matters, that there is nothing that You don’t touch, that You don’t control. And we give You thanks for that.

We give You thanks for the leadership in our churches. We pray for them, that You would guard them, that You would give them strength, courage and obedience, to always seek understanding in Holy Writ, that they would bring Your word to that people, to the flocks that You have given them responsibility for…to shepherd.

We give You thanks for our pastor. We ask that You watch over his health, watch over his family, and that he might continue to preach the Gospel with unwavering conviction, strength and power.

We thank You for the families that You have given us in this body and pray that our hearts might be knit together, that we would truly be known as a people who love one another. And we are sinners, and we know how hard that can be, and so do You. We ask You for the courage and the perseverance to continue to follow that through.

We thank You for the children You have given us, and the great responsibility to raise them and nurture them in the admonition of the faith. We pray for Your hand to be upon each and every one of them, that their hearts would always, in all their days, seek to love You and to love Your word, that these children, going forward, would understand that it is Your kingdom here on earth that we are part of, and that we would always continue to do our part to grow that kingdom as You see fit.

We thank You for our leadership in government. We pray Lord…not that You don’t know this…it’s hard times…not nearly as hard on us as it is for others around the world…but, Lord, we pray for all the saints this morning, we pray for all the leaders, who are under evil dictators, essentially. We pray, Lord, that You would change these leaders of these nations’ hearts, turn the heart of stone into the heart of flesh.

We pray that the church would continue to prosper and grow.

[Congregational Concerns]

Father, we love You. We thank You for your Son, for giving us the example of complete obedience to Your will, even unto to the cross. We thank You for the Holy Spirit, who lives within us, who illuminates Your word and convicts us of sin. And, Father, we love You for loving us.

It is in Your Son’s name, it is through the Holy Spirit that we pray.

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