A few Sundays in the past, Paul Martin prayed a pastoral prayer at Grace Fellowship Church that I believe stands as a textbook instance of how a pastor can pray for his folks once they collect to worship. If the pastoral prayer is the time for the pastor to intercede earlier than God on behalf of his church, I imagine he did so in an particularly highly effective and efficient manner that Sunday. Please learn and profit from it.
God of Adam, God of Abraham, God of Israel, God of Grace Fellowship Church.
You will have all the time had your folks, since you are filled with grace and salvation and mercy and love. Every thing about you is nice. You haven’t any character faults, no weaknesses and no inconsistencies. You might be all that’s lovely, multi functional, the entire time.
You got here to Israels temple in a cloudfor sinful folks can not see you and dwell. You got here to Moses within the firefor sinful folks can not see you and dwell. You got here to Ezekiel within the unusual visionfor sinful folks can not see you and dwell. You got here to us in Christso sinful folks might see you and dwell.
O Jesus, you might be so good and trustworthy to us. We really feel like kids on the battlefield: so fast to run away and cower in concern. However you by no means depart us or disgrace us or reject us or scowl at us. How will you be so loving towards us when we’ve got been so fickle towards you? There isn’t a method to account to your faithfulness to us aside from love. You like your folks.
Who’re we to be the objects of your love? What have we executed to deserve it? I can solely consider issues we’ve got executed to not deserve it! However you should have none of that, to your love begins within the Fathers love for you and your love to your Father. Simply as you prayed: I in them and also you in me, that they might develop into completely one, in order that the world might know that you just despatched me and cherished them whilst you liked me.
Lord, unite our hearts on this love. Let all we do be executed in love. Fill this church with love. Make it so our love for one another is ridiculously loyal and actual and heartfelt and true. Even when certainly one of us is at our worst, make the remainder of us at our greatest in our love for them. Give us a love that hopes all issues, believes all issues and endures all issues. Let the youngsters who develop up attending this church see a bunch of members who actually love one another. Allow them to develop up right here with none doubt that each member loves them. Let our love displayed and given be like a magnet to Jesus! So once they see that mutual love for one another and really feel our genuine like to them, they discover themselves drawn to Jesus, the Lover of our Souls.
Please save each youngster that attends this church. We do love them and need a lot for each certainly one of them to like you. Please dont maintain again your grace from any of them. Some day eventually, save those who’re being held with loving arms within the nursery proper now; save those who’re studying the ABCs of the Gospel within the preschool now; save those who’re making their first haltering makes an attempt to learn their Bibles within the Kindergarten now; save those who will hear of Jesus of their GraceKids lessons; save those who aren’t but saved within the GraceYouth conferences to come back. Lord, save them. Get them baptized and into our membership, and use them to your glory, like you may have so graciously executed with so a lot of them. Please dont cease.
And dont cease utilizing us to talk the Gospel to them, our personal households, neighbours, work mates. Make us gospel gossips, Lord. In all of life. Particularly as Christmas approaches and totally different doorways open, make us fast to talk for Jesus. The world must know of the cross simply as a lot because the manger. And use our household of church buildings in our Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Church buildings in the identical manner. Make us a household of church buildings centred on the Gospel, all the time holding forth the Gospel, even keen to die for the sake of the Gospel.
Now Lord, put together our hearts to listen to your phrase. We’re not involved in gathering info about youwe wish to meet with you. So, Holy Spirit, please attend to the preaching of your Phrase now. Assist Steve to depend on you to make the textual content clear to us. Put phrases into his mouth in order that we are able to hear what you need us to do, and assume, and really feel. Make our hearts like tender clay in your loving palms. Assist us to not try to make ourselves a vase in the event you need to form us right into a pot. Make us pliable lumps, able to be made into your picture, not ours. Purge us of each evil thought, egocentric distraction, plaguing fear and settle our minds on you.
Communicate to us, Lord. We’re listening. Amen.