Here’s a bullet point list of things we prayed for our church at this week’s vespers service.
- Paul’s words to the Sanhedrin in Acts 23:1 remind us that a “clean conscience” is available to even the worst sinner who trusts in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the cleansing of his conscience. Pray that the Holy Spirit would move among us in a powerful way cleansing guilty consciences and that He would write God’s Word on our hearts (Ezekiel 36:25-27).
- Pray that we would cultivate a balanced view of the character of our God (101:1a). “I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.”
- Pray that our congregation would take time to worship God personally. This fosters a life of integrity (101:1b).
- Pray that we would commit ourselves to a lifestyle of personal holiness (101:2). That we would give heed to the blameless way, i.e. The way of integrity. That we would abstain from even all appearances of evil (Ps 101:3a, 4b, 1 Thessalonians 5:22).
- Pray that we would be so overwhelmed by our own inadequacy that we would ask the Lord to make known His presence and power in a dynamic and transformative way.
- Pray that we would “walk within my [our] house in the integrity of my [our] heart” (Psalm 101:2b). Make this especially true of all of our husbands, fathers, wives, and mothers.
- Pray that we would actively seek out relationships of accountability so that we live lives of integrity (Psalm 101:6-8).
- Pray that people in our congregation would actively look out of themselves to encourage others during our corporate gatherings as well as unstructured times.
- Pray for the Lord to give you opportunities to encourage others with the promises of His Word. Pray for the resolve to heed John Murray’s sage counsel: “Meditate for at least fifteen minutes every day (okay maybe five minutes) on some word of God connected with His promises to His church and then plead with Him for its fulfillment.” You can’t share His promises unless you know them.
- Pray that when life hurts that God would encourage you and all of His people at Trinity by revealing Himself as the God of infinite wisdom, the God of sovereign power, and the God of perfect love. This is the simple outline of Jerry Bridges’ book entitled Trusting God When Life Hurts.
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