Our current sermon series is “Love Outside Our Walls.” We are being encouraged to “build bridges into our community out of love for Christ.” Earlier this week, I read Psalm 71. I thought it would be appropriate to read a portion of this psalm before we go to the Lord in prayer.
O God, from my youth You have taught me, and I still proclaim Your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, Your power to all those to come. Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like You? You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth You will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again. I will also praise You with the harp for Your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to You with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to You; my soul also, which You have redeemed. And my tongue will talk of Your righteous help all the day long, for they have been put to shame and disappointed who sought to do me hurt.” (Psalm 71:17-24)
Heavenly Father, we praise You for Your faithfulness. We praise You for Your love for us that You sent Jesus to earth to die for our sins. Lord, give us the boldness and the courage to love as Christ loved us. Help us take advantage of the opportunities to build bridges into our community. Help us to share the Gospel in our spheres of influence.
We pray for our nation’s leaders. We pray that they will desire to serve You as they make decisions on our behalf. Surround them with men and women of God. Surround them with individuals who will give them godly counsel.
Father God, this week there was another mass shooting. We wonder when this violence will end. We pray that our nation will confess our sins, turn from our wicked ways. If we do this, we know You will heal our land.
Just over a week ago, we had gun violence reached our community. We pray for emotional healing for the families, teachers, and students that were impacted by this tragedy. We thank You that our Direction of Student Ministry, Jeremy Davis, and his staff have been able to come along side of these students during this time of need. Protect Jeremy and his staff from Satan attacks as he ministers to the students during this difficult time.
Lord, there are several others in our congregation who are facing personal challenges. We pray that the Holy Spirit comforts the both the Ban and Simmers families, as they adjust to Marianne and Bill’s being welcomed into Your presence. We pray that the Great Physician heals and comforts those facing health challenges and supplies the needs and work for families facing financial difficulties.
We pray for peace and an end to the war in the Ukraine. We ask that Your comfort, protect and provide for the people of the Ukraine. We also pray that You bless the three churches we have connections with in other countries. Bless the Il Faro congregation in Naples, Italy; the Unidos en Christos in Cochabamba, Bolivia; and the Amchit Church in Beirut Lebanon. We pray that Amchit Church has a successful launching of its Internet Ministry. Bless and protect Pastor Joseph as he will be traveling and ministering in Canada during the month of June.
Lastly, we pray for the Family Fun Fest event, which will be held at Grace Point on June 3. We pray that You will raise the needed volunteers. We pray that the event will be will attended. Lastly, we pray that families will connect with Grace Point and make it their church home as a result of Fun Fest.
Lord, we thank You for Your faithfulness both to us personally and the blessings we have as a body of believers at Grace Point. We lift these prayers to You in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.