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Our Prayer

 

     Oh Lord our God, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!  Let us arise and come unto our Father.  Let the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight Oh Lord our strength and our redeemer.  You make us to lie down in green pastures. You lead us beside still waters.  You restore our souls.  You lead us in the paths of righteousness for your namesake.  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.  Help us to be still and know that you are our God, taking time to be holy, help us to exalt your name among the unbelieving.  You are exalted in all the earth!  You are our fortress and our rock!  Though evil abounds your grace abounds more, deeper and wider than all our sin.  Jesus Christ shall destroy all the evil works of darkness.  If our God were for us, nothing shall stand against us!  You are good Father, your mercy is everlasting and your Truth endures to all generations!  You are merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.  You remember that we are dust and our days are as grass.  Bless the Lord oh our souls!  Let young men and girls, old timers and children, praise the name of the Lord, for Your name alone is excellent, Your glory is above the earth and heaven.  Praise You, the Lord!  How awesome are Your works!  Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.  You alone are the Lord!  You are worthy, Oh Lord to receive glory and honour and power for You have created all things and for Your pleasure they all are and were created.  Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing!  Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever!

    As those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, guide our feet in the way of peace.  You have given us spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.  Make us holy and without blame before You in love.  Fill us with Your Holy Spirit as You have sealed us with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the down payment of our inheritance, unto the praise of Your glory.  Help us to worship and bow down, and to kneel before our God and maker.  Soften our hearts; help us not to provoke You to anger, for You are our God.  Keep us from error in our hearts, and help me to know Your ways.  Let us have rest as we rest in You, the Lord Sabboth.  Holy, holy, holy are you Lord God, who was, and is, and is to come.  You are worthy Oh Lord to receive glory and honour, and power, for You have created all things for Your pleasure.

    Your Word has said, and we trust with all our being, that if we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.  Help us to see our sins as You see them, with Your pure eyes and loving heart.  Help us to acknowledge our sins.  Blot out our transgressions; cleanse us thoroughly from our inequity.  Cleanse us as only You can, make us whiter than snow dear Lord.  Our vilest and most disgusting sins are hypocrisies, concupiscence, idolatries, adulteries, lying, stealing, murders, covetousness, slothfulness on the Lord’s day,  “Lord, we have trusted thee, and thy name is Jesus, for thou dost save thy people from their sins; Lord, these are our sins; save us from them!”[1]  Help us not to worship and sware by the Lord while at the same time, swearing by an idol set up in our own minds.  Help us our God to love you with all our hearts, souls, strengths, and minds.  Teach us how to, not only love our neighbors, but our enemies as ourselves.  Please heal our infirmities, open our eyes that we may see spiritual truths you have for us, dig out our ears that we might have ears to hear Your Word, let us walk uprightly, no longer bent over by the load of guilt & shame, cleanse the leprosy of our flesh.  Healed by You, let us by your grace help others who have been wounded.  If when we know to do well, and don’t do it, we know this is sin.  Only You dear Lord can strengthen us to turn our backs on the pleasures of sin, and to payback what is owed to those we have defrauded.  Help us to accept by faith the new lives you have given us, and the cleansing that comes with confession.


 

     We know and trust that we are in Christ, that is, we are new creatures, separated from what we were.  All things our old selves love, we want them to die.  We want all things to become new in You!  Father, teach us that patient silence is the best reply to a gainsaying world? Calm endurance answers some questions infinitely more conclusively than the loftiest eloquence.  Please Lord; help us to be anvils that break a host of hammers by quietly bearing their blows.   

     Teach us to rejoice all the time, to have joy even in times of sorrow!  Help us to have Your Word in our hearts abundantly that we are always in an attitude of prayer and praise because our thoughts are filled with You.  How do we thank You for those things that hurt and bring tears to our eyes?  Show us how to use these things to draw us closer to You?  What is it that You want us to do, to accomplish Your will in our lives, concerning Your son Jesus Christ? …(Selah)…

     Take away the fear in our hearts and replace it with perfect love by Your Holy Spirit.  Help us not to hate reproof, correction, and instruction, but make us perfect and upright!  Teach us to fear You, help us to hate evil in our hearts and to turn from it.  Show us how to despise this present world, help us to be Spiritually minded and not freshly in our thoughts.  Only you dear father can arm us to stand against our adversary.  Let us show to ourselves, and to others the proof of your strength and your good and acceptable will.  Let us not even give the appearance of impropriety, for Your namesake.  Thank you dear Father for our names being written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, for your indwelling Holy Spirit, and for the Word of God written in our own languages, that we may read it through, pray it in, and by your grace, live it out.  Thank you for my dear wife, my precious children, my friends, my acquaintances, and my colleagues.  Thank you for a Bible believing local church with godly pastors and fellow deacons.  Thank you for the freedom bought for us by brave men who died that we may worship you according to the dictates of our consciences.  Thank you heavenly Father, for the food in our bellies, the clothes on our backs, and the roves over our heads.  You are our strength and shield, as we trust in You, we are helped.  Our hearts rejoice and our songs will praise You.  You our Lord are the strength of the people you have saved.  Bless your inheritance as you feed us and lift us up forever.


 

     Calm our anxieties, precious Lord, as we pray, and seek Your will, thanking You always.  Help us to make You know our true desires.  Let Your peace that comes only from You, watch over and guard our emotions and reasoning, for this purpose, that our will might be subject to You, blessed Lord!  Oh, that you would bless us indeed, and enlarge our territories, that Your hand would be with us, and that you would keep us from evil.  Hear our prayers for our beloved wives and daughters, help the ladies here, to be strong women who workout everyday to keep their bodies in shape, but also women of strength who kneel in prayer to keep their souls in shape, make them strong women who aren’t afraid of anything, but also women of strength who show courage even in the midst of their fear, make them strong women who won’t let anyone get the best of them, but also women of strength, who give the very best of themselves to others, make them strong women who walk sure footedly through this world, but also women of strength who know that when they fall, God will catch them, make them strong women who wear the look of confidence on their faces, but also women of strength who wear grace , graciously, make them strong women who have confidence that their faith is strong enough for the journey, but also women of strength that know in their hearts, that it is in the journey that their faith is made strong. Be with the husbands & fathers, helping them with their quiet time, taking time to be holy & being still and knowing that you are God.  Let them exalt Your name among the unbelieving & ungodly, let them exalt You where ever in the world they may be, let them be lead by you to lead their wives & children in family devotions. Bless our children & our children’s children, as they grow up in the nurture, admonition & adoration, of the Lord. We ask Your blessing upon our close friends, our acquaintances, our colleagues, and our local churches, the President of the United States, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Supreme Court. Hear our prayers for the children of Israel, and for the peace of Jerusalem.   Hear oh Lord our plea concerning work, our character, our conduct, our health, our joys and our sorrows, as we seek to win souls for Jesus Christ.  Help us to Humble ourselves before Your mighty hand Oh God, that You may exalt us in due time.  Show us how to cast all our cares upon You, and give us confidence that You care for us.

  

  Now unto You who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of Your glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.  “Come, Lord, and abide with us. Come, and occupy alone the throne of our hearts; reign there without a rival, and consecrate us entirely to thy service. Open thou our hearts and our whole being to thine incoming, and uphold us with thy free Spirit when we shall have received that Spirit in our inward parts.”   Glory to our Father, to the Son, to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen!

     These are the words spoken in prayer by T. R. Edwards who was baptized into the Universal Church by the Holy Spirit on 20 April 1969, and then baptized into the local church at Worthington, Pennsylvania, by Pastor Donald Lumeree on 20 July 1969.


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[1]Spurgeon, Charles H., Morning and Evening, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.) 1995.

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