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Father, we praise you that you are a God who makes wonderful promises. We praise you that you promise life, peace and joy; you promise a world ruled by a perfect ruler who loves and cares for his subjects.
Father, we praise you that you are faithful to all your promises. We praise you that you have the power to ensure that not a word of your promises ever falls to the ground. We praise you that even when men seek in their evil to obstruct your plans you use their evil to bring your plans to fulfillment. We praise you that we can have complete confidence in all your promises, including the promise that one day we will see the Lord Jesus Christ face to face in glory.
Father, we come before you as our maker and our judge, conscious of our rebellion against you; conscious that, though you are our provider and our sustainer, we reject you.Father, we confess that, though you are the most glorious, beautiful, awesome thing in the universe, our hearts are cold to you and we consider knowledge of you cheap.Father, we confess that we do not do your will.
Please forgive us Father. We confess that, if disobedience makes the slightest offer of pleasure or comfort, we too often take it, ignoring the promises of life that you have made to those who follow you. Please forgive us and change us that we might have hearts responsive to your word.
We confess that we don’t really serve others. We find it so difficult to lay down our preferences and our interests to serve and meet the preferences of interests of others.
Lord God thank You for calling us in your Word to cast all our cares on you. You have proven yourself faithful again and again; and so we make these needs known publicly, because we know that you are faithful and we desire to bring glory to you.
Lord God we give you praise this morning for all of our veterans who’ve served faithfully in our nation. We’d really as you to impart to them a special blessing and may they know who thankful we all are.
Lord, we pray for members of this congregation that are in special need. You know what these needs are: physical needs, needs in our family or at work, spiritual needs. Oh God, we pray that you would by your grace reveal our neediness to us and reveal to us your fullness and your faithfulness.
Lord, we pray especially you for all the young parents in this congregation. We thank you for them, we thank for giving them this exciting calling. We pray that you would give them strength, give them wisdom, give them encouragement.
Lord God, we pray for the aged saints in the Lord. We pray that You might impart to them a soft heart, a tender heart. May they hold fast to Christ only and nothing else, as the run this race!
Lord, we pray for our own congregation and our ministry here of evangelism. We thank you for all the opportunities that are afforded to us at this time of year.
Help us to be driven and compelled by love and compassion as we faithfully, humbly, truthfully share the truth of the gospel to those that You have stewarded to us in this life.
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Sample Corporate Prayers from December 2, 2007 Article02.25.2010 Editor’s note: Here are lightly edited transcriptions of the prayers of praise, confession, intercession, and thanksgiving from Capitol Hill Baptist Church one Sunday morning.PRAYER OF PRAISEFather, we praise you that you are a God who makes wonderful promises. We praise you that you promise life, peace and joy; you promise a world ruled by a perfect ruler who loves and cares for his subjects.Father, we praise you that you are faithful to all your promises. We praise you that you have the power to ensure that not a word of your promises ever falls to the ground. We praise you that even when men seek in their evil to obstruct your plans you use their evil to bring your plans to fulfillment. We praise you that we can have complete confidence in all your promises, including the promise that one day we will see the Lord Jesus Christ face to face in glory. Father, we praise you that you make your promises to those who do not deserve them.We praise you that, though we have rejected your authority and refused to give thanks for your provision, you have promised your people an eternity under your perfect rule and a world full of abundance, a banquet of the best of meats and the finest of wines.We praise you that you have done what was necessary for these promises to come to fulfillment, that you have sent your Son to seal the covenant of your promises in his own blood, so that we may have confidence that, though our sins are scarlet, you will wash them white as snow.Father, we praise you that when we have received every blessing that you have promised, we will not rejoice so much in the glory of the world around us but in the face and presence of our beloved Saviour, Jesus Christ. We praise you that every blessing we receive from your hand is the overflow of the glories of your character. Amen.PRAYER OF CONFESSIONFather, we come before you as our maker and our judge, conscious of our rebellion against you; conscious that, though you are our provider and our sustainer, we reject you.Father, we confess that, though you are the most glorious, beautiful, awesome thing in the universe, our hearts are cold to you and we consider knowledge of you cheap.Father, we confess that we do not do your will.We confess that throughout our lives we reject what you have said to be good and embrace that which is evil.Father, as we consider that Jesus Christ was obedient unto death, we confess that at the smallest inconvenience or hardship or denial of pleasure involved in obedience we quickly turn away from doing what pleases you. Sometimes even the effort of trying to understand whether or not something is your will is too much trouble for us.We confess that, if disobedience makes the slightest offer of pleasure or comfort, we too often take it, ignoring the promises of life that you have made to those who follow you. Please forgive us and change us that we might have hearts responsive to your word.Father, we confess that one of the ways we disobey you is in our lack of service toward others. We know that so often we refuse to relinquish our interests for the sake of others. Though we know that Christ was prepared to go to the cross in the service of us who deserved nothing of the kind, we are so often slow to lay aside our needs for the sake of others. We make excuses and rationalize why our needs should come first, forgetting that the Lord Jesus Christ has called us to follow him as a servant.Father, as we consider our sin, we are sorry for how little we pray to you that sin might not reign in our hearts, how little we cry out to you for strength to resist sin in our lives. We pray that you would give us a greater concern for obedience so that we would pray daily for your strength to resist evil.We bring our hearts before you Lord, full of evil and selfishness; and in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by his blood shed for our sake we ask that you would hear our prayer, have mercy upon us, forgive us, cleanse us and change us. For your name’s sake, amen.Hear the Word of God: “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.”PASTORAL PRAYER (OF INTERCESSION)Lord God, we thank you that you have desired to glorify yourself and that you have desired to love us as part of that. Thank you for calling us in your Word to cast all our cares on you. You have proven yourself faithful again and again; and so we make these needs known publicly, because we know that you are faithful and we desire to bring glory to you.Lord, we pray for members of this congregation that are in special need. You know what these needs are: physical needs, needs in our family or at work, spiritual needs. Oh God, we pray that you would by your grace reveal our neediness to us and reveal to us your fullness and your faithfulness.Lord, we pray especially you for all the young parents in this congregation. We thank you for them, we thank for giving them this exciting calling. We pray that you would give them strength, give them wisdom, give them encouragement.We pray, too, Lord for all those brothers and sisters from other nations that you have entrusted to our care. Thank you, Lord, for the little taste of the international nature of your body that you have given us here. We thank you especially for those brothers and sisters that make an extra effort to speak to us in English, to fellowship with us even when it is sometimes exhausting for them. Lord, thank you for strengthening them. We pray that you would encourage them.Lord, you tell us that we are we to pray for those in authority, and so we do. We pray for state legislators in our land. Cause them to use their authority wisely, especially when it touches on the care of children and those matters that are taught in public schools. We pray that you would give them an understanding of how you have made us and what things are good for people. We pray for the protection of religious freedom in public schools. We thank you for the amount of liberty that we’ve had in this land for so long to speak about you, and we pray that that would continue. For our own officials here in the District, we do pray for honesty in their work. In your kindness to people in this District, we pray that you would root out corruption in this government. We pray that funds that are taken from honest taxpayers would be used wisely and well. And Lord, we do pray for the president; we pray for him personally; we pray for his relationship with his wife, through all the trials and difficulties of having that job.Lord, we pray for our own congregation and our ministry here of evangelism. We thank you for all the opportunities that are afforded to us at this time of year.
Lord God we pray for our efforts to reach others through our Care Groups. That there is a context set to where we can minister into the lives of others. Lord we thank You for the relationships being built there.
Lord God we pray that You might bear fruit for Your glory through the Operation Christmas Child.
Lord we pray for those singing at the Nursing Home this week. Help them mightily as they serve others in seeking to serve and bless others. Bless all the attenders Lord.
Father we also pray for Men and Women who attend the Bible studies. O Father may You continue to pour out You wonderous grace upon all those who meet.
Father we also pray for those attending the Membership class, Lord. Father may Your great grace reign and rule every area of our lives this week! O Lord, sanctify this morning for Your glory and praise! We pray and ask all this in Jesus name, AMEN.
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