A prayer that I wrote in June for the afternoon service in Abbotsford URC. I thought I would share it here again.
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Missions Concerns:
Heavenly Father, we thank You hearing our prayers in Jesus Christ our Lord. We thank You that You have revealed Yourself to us in Your Word and that as we press on to know You more, we learn about Your will, and we learn about what You have commanded us to ask You for. And so this afternoon we pray that Your kingdom would come and that Your will would be done on earth as it is in heaven.
We pray that You would defend Your Holy Church, and that You would destroy all the works of the devil. We pray that You would destroy the sin in our midst, and the evil that fights for power among us. We ask that You would build our congregation in holiness and in knowledge, that we would apply the Word to our lives, and that we would live our lives in the freedom of the good news that we know our sins are forgiven by grace alone, by faith alone, in Christ alone.
We pray that Your righteousness would be revealed in Canada. Let our lives be a testimony to the light of the gospel of grace. We pray for the unborn who are being slaughtered in the womb. Arise oh Lord, and defend them. Defend the abused women who find themselves caught in hard decisions. We pray for those who have made these sinful decisions, and that they would turn to You as the battle against the sin that seeks to overtake them. We pray for the men in these situations that they would repent of their abuse of power, and fall at Your feet and ask for mercy.
We pray for the other issues of unrighteousness that are promoted in our nation. We ask that You would protect the elderly and the disabled who are vulnerable to new laws on doctor-assisted suicide. We are a culture of death and we pray that You would bring the life of Your gospel into this culture.
We pray for Your protection from the various issues that our culture propogates and wrestles with. We pray for Your forgiveness for those who have fallen into such sins, and the strength to fight those sins. But we also pray that our response to these issues would give glory to Your Name and would spread the life of the gospel into this nation. We pray that we would fight against the pornographic culture we live in, the loose morals, the lust for money and power and fame. Humble us under Your mighty hand, so that You might lift us up.
We pray for the mission of the church, in particular for Your missionaries and those churches on the front lines. We pray for courage in battle for these men and women, and we pray for an outpouring of Your Spirit on those who don’t yet believe in the gospel. We pray for those new converts who face opposition from their families, that they would stand firm and grow mightily.
We come before you with our petitions, knowing that you have raised us to the high position of sons and daughters in Your Son, Jesus Christ. We know that we are helpless in battle without You. We pray that we would be bold in witnessing to the Kingdom of Your Son. Give us courage and strength. We pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.