Thank you for being part of our prayer team at Good Shepherd. You are a blessing. We believe not so much in the power of prayer, but in God’s ability to answer our prayers. There is nothing that our God cannot do.
I was listening to a sermon a few days ago, and there was something that struck me that the pastor said. He said that miracles happen immediately after “much” prayer and “much” preparation. We can’t force a miracle to happen or manipulate God. But what we can do is to make ourselves ready for what God wants to do in our lives. The way we make ourselves ready is by prayer, but listening to him through his word, and living faithful and humble.
So thank you for being part of what God will do. Today, I have two prayer requests to share, plus the prayers of the church from Sunday.
- Dawn asks for prayer her father-in-law who is nearing the end of his life and is giving up on living. Please pray for God’s comfort and peace (and salvation). Also, pray for Dawn’s daughter who is struggling with the idea of losing her last grandparent.
- Give thanks for Mackenzie Ada Bliven who was brought to the waters of Holy Baptism yesterday. We give thanks for the gift of new life in Christ. Pray that God would keep this child in faith throughout the remainder of life on earth to be received in glory on the last day.
Below you will find the prayers of the church from yesterday:
We praise you O God. You are the sower, who seeds us with faith and gives us the courage to be more than we ever thought we could be. You make us fruitful and give us abundant life. Through you we know peace, we know joy, we know love, we know patience, and we know trust. You protect us from worry, from anxiety, and the cares of this world. And when those things begin to surface in our life, we can always cast them on you, for you care for us. We praise you that you make such an incredible difference in our lives and change our perspective. You give us a reason to live.
But Lord, we lift up today all those who struggle with mental illness. We especially pray for those who live so hopeless thatthey would consider taking their own life – whether they are a celebrity, a military veteran, or a young person with their whole life before them. We pray that they would find their hope in you and know that they are here for a great reason and a purpose. Also Lord, give us insight to those around us who may be silently struggling, unaware to those around them. May we, your church, offer your hope and your compassion.
Lord, we pray for those in our community who struggle with addiction. We pray that you would break the bonds that hold them captive. Release them from their dependence. Whether it be heroin, or alcohol, or prescription drugs, or pornography – we pray that they would find fulfillment in you. That they would not depend on anything for pleasure but your great love. We also pray for the family members who suffer because of their loved one’s addiction. Comfort them in their sorrow. We pray that you would give them strength not to serve as enablers, but to speak the truth in love and point their loved one’s to help and hope.
We pray this day for those who face handicaps and limitations. For those who can’t see, can’t walk, can’t talk… Lord, we pray for healing. You are the great physician and you enable what the Evil One has disabled. So we pray that all who are disabled would discover their healing in you. And even if that healing is not immediate and miraculous, we pray that you would give them perseverance through their limitations as they await the day they will walk with you in glory, knowing that every day they are one day closer to their ultimate healing.
We pray this day for our family members, our friends, our neighbors, and even fellow church members who live separate from you and have rejected your love and grace and face eternal judgment and condemnation. We pray that you would create in them a new and a clean heart. We pray that you would make them open to the Holy Spirit’s leading and calling. Restore unto them the JOY of your salvation. And give us the right words and wisdom to share your grace to lead them to repentance. Bring them back to you!
Finally Lord, we pray and ask that each of us would live lives holy and pleasing to you. Guard our faith. Give us the courage and the conviction to give up our lives for the sake of the cause. We pray for revival, that you would set our hearts on fire. That we may burn with passion for the gospel and not live lukewarm and apathetic. May we honor you in every aspect of our lives to serve you with unending love. Amen.