Prayer of Petition: April 2, 2017

Strengthen the weak hands,
And make firm the feeble knees.

Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
With the recompense of God;
He will come and save you.”

Isaiah 35:3–4

Our Holy Father and our God, we rejoice in the sure knowledge Your Word gives us, that You will come and save us. We rejoice that You have laid claim upon us, to be God to us and to our children. We rejoice in the knowledge that Our Heavenly Father knows what we need before the words of our petitions form in our minds and on our lips. And we come to You as children, O Father, as our act of submission, because we know that every provision for every need we have comes from Your hand.

We pray, O God, that the teaching and fellowship of the Grace Agenda Conference will have eternal effect as a benefit within Your Kingdom, and that you will provide safe and trouble-free travel to those who attended as they return to their homes.

We pray, O God, for Your provision for the various ministries of Christ Church and its members, for Matt Gray and CRF, Mike Lawyer and CBC, David Erb and our music program and Ty Knight and ISF. And especially this day we pray for Francis and Donna Foucachon and the ministry of Huguenot Heritage, that You will provide for their every need and use that ministry to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the French-speaking world. We also pray especially for Csaba Leidenfrost and his labors in Ivory Coast among the Bakwe, that the Word of God might be freely available and effective.

We pray, O God, for the expecting mothers within and related to our church community, that their pregnancies and deliveries would be trouble-free and safe, ending with healthy mothers and healthy covenant children. We pray, too, for those couples who desire to have children and those pursuing adoption, that You would give them the desires of their hearts.

We pray, O God, for those who look forward to entering into marriage, that they would be faithful and chaste in anticipation and that their weddings and lives thereafter would show forth the image of the relationship between Christ and His Bride-Church.

We pray, O God, for those among us who are ill, especially those who have enduring illness. We ask for their relief in complete healing, and for Your comfort and peace that pass our understanding as they bear their burdens and wait upon Your provision.

We pray, O God, for the pastors and elders of Christ Church, that You would give them insight, wisdom, strength and understanding surpassing what they possess of themselves for the leadership of this church, that they would be protected in their labors for Christ’s church, and that we as a congregation would give them due honor and be a light and joyful burden.

We pray, O God, for New Saint Andrews College, and especially for its President, Ben Merkle, that You would give wisdom and faithfulness in leadership and provide abundantly for expansion of facilities and growth and effectiveness of College and Conservatory.

We pray, O God, that as each of us comes under trials we might respond to them in faith. Help us to know that we are daily being shaped by Your hand into the image of Your Son.

Father, we know that through Your apostle you tell us that we do not know what to pray for. We believe that. So we pray, O God, by Holy Spirit make our petitions and our praises complete.

All this in Christ’s Holy Name we pray.

Amen

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