Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Our Father in Heaven we pray to you -- the God who is three in one, the One who watches from heaven in love, the God whose very essence is love, the God who commands us to reflect him by loving even our enemies.

Because of your great love, your heart breaks when you see the suffering in our nation from attack, fire and flood. But Lord, our walls have been breached because of our great sins and you have withdrawn your hand of protection. We confess that we have turned from you, Lord, and beg for mercy. We need you! We can’t survive without your protection.

Therefore we, the body of believers who together comprise your church, determine to stand in the gap for our nation by returning to you with repentance, gratitude and pleas for mercy. We will obey your commands. We will praise you openly without fear of the disapproval of others. With our mouths we will declare our love for you and cry out that you are good. Because you alone are God and here is no other, we choose to love and serve you with our whole hearts. We pray this in the name of your Son Jesus. Amen

Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praises be heard. Psalm 66:8
And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land that I should not destroy it, but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30

Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston Marathon Prayer

Holy Spirit, please help us in our distress. Our precious nation has been invaded by evil.
We don’t even know what we should pray or how we should pray. All we can do is bow, palms up, feeling your grief for hurting people. Longing to feel your love. Needing your mercy.

Please pray for us with your groanings that can’t be expressed in words. Plead for us. Plead for our nation. Plead for comfort for today’s victims and their families. For terrified spectators. For citizens traumatized by pictures streaming across television screens. For innocent unsuspecting children.

We confess that we have sinned. Forgive us for turning our backs and waving you off. Please open our eyes to see the path back to you. You are our only hope.

We pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.

Romans 8:26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. NLT