Pastoral Prayer, 12 January 2020

I love that our church values and schedules weekly extended corporate prayer during Sunday morning worship services.  I was privileged to deliver that prayer on Sunday, January 12, 2020, and I thought you might be encouraged by the words which God gave me for the prayer.

Pastoral Prayer

By Bob Stouffer

Eastside Presbyterian Church

Greenville, South Carolina

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Lord, we worship You.

We humbly bow our hearts to You — the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient God above all.

We have already confessed the sin which has come to us through Adam, and we have confessed our own defects.

We who declare You as Lord and Savior thank You and the Second Adam — Jesus Christ — for everlasting life!

In the power of Your Holy Spirit, help us to love You with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength — obeying You more and more in all that we think, say, and do.

Your Word repeatedly tells us not to be anxious, worry, or fear. Help us to abide in Christ, so we can limit anxiety, worry, and fear in our lives.

Help us to not “murder” people through our anger.

Help us not to “lust.”

Help us to be long suffering like Job.

Help us to develop faith like Abraham.

Help us to draw close to You like Joseph.

Help us to show boldness like Deborah.

Help us to be loyal like Ruth and honorable like Boaz.

Help us to have hearts like David.

Help us to courageously speak for you like the many faithful Prophets.

Help us to work, persevere, be focused, and seek justice like Nehemiah.

Help us to take advantage of opportunities “at such a time as this” — like Esther.

Help us to adore Jesus like Mary Magdalene.

Help us to effectively evangelize in our spheres of influence like John the Apostle, Peter, and Paul.

We thank You for salvation available to us through the birth, sinless life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Lord, grow us into the likeness of Jesus.

Give us His desire to feed the hungry — like Jesus.

Give us the desire to give water to the thirsty — like Jesus.

Give us te desire to visit prisoners in their loneliness — like Jesus.

Give us the desire to be instruments of your healing — like Jesus.

We offer requests for physical and spiritual healing in our community today. . . .

We pray for our missionaries — today, in particular, for Steve and Susan Bledsoe, laboring so well for CRU in Florida.

Lord, thank You for the generous giving of this congregation in 2019, as we ended our year well.

Father of lights, You are the giver of every perfect gift to us.

Would You place humble, sacrificial, joy-filled stewardship on our hearts as we give our offering right now.

You have called us to offer these prayers in the name of Jesus. So, In the precious name of Jesus, we pray all of these things as your body of Christ at Eastside Presbyterian Church.

AMEN!

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