Pastoral Prayer #31

By Ed Vasicek

Based loosely on 2 Timothy 3

 

Lord God, the One Who was, is, and shall be, we praise You and bless your name. We bow the knees of our hearts before You in worship and submission.

 

Thank You, God, that You understand all. We thank You for revealing Yourself in Your Word and in the Person of Jesus Christ. One thing You have revealed to us is that we must live in difficult times. We have to deal with people who are all about themselves, crave money, glory in their pride, and evil in a host of ways. Help us, O Lord, to be different and to love You more than we love social notoriety, control, and the pleasures of life. Help us enjoy the wholesome pleasures, but to put You above even the good things of life.

 

Ultimately, Lord, our souls return to You, our Maker. We know it is appointed for people to die once, and after that comes judgment. Thank You that our destiny in Christ is secure, and heaven is the home of all those who have repented of their sins and accepted Jesus Christ. But even we will have our works evaluated for purposes of accountability and reward.

 

Living a godly life, however, can bring us hardship and even persecution. As we approach the end of the age, many are falling away from You and adopting false teachings that run contrary to Your Word. We choose to camp on Your Word, making it our final authority. Through the Word, we have learned about salvation in the world to come and salvation from the ways of this world now. You have breathed our Your Word for us, and in it we find a complete template for spiritual maturity.

 

Yahweh, we pray for our nation, our president, senators, congressional leaders, judges, governors, state and local bodies. Give them wisdom, we pray. Lead this to accomplish Your will, whether to bless our land or to bring judgment for our sins. We know that both can glorify You, and that Your Sovereign will should be done. Still, we prefer Your continued grace and pardon, and ask You to lead us to repentance, beginning with Your children, O Lord.

 

Father, at this time we want to bring up requests for our church family, including:

 

 

We now take a moment to silently bring up our personal requests before You.

 

We look forward, O Lord, to the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His coming Kingdom. We look forward to justice on earth, peace, and the exaltation of Your Name. We await the blessed hope, when our Savior returns to the clouds to whisk His bride away. The dead will be raised, and any of us who are alive at the time will be transformed as we meet the Lord in the air. In the mean time, help us to serve You faithful in the midst of the Kingdom of Darkness. Bind the evil one, help us resists the temptations of the flesh and the lure of the world. We pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Pastoral Prayer #32

By Ed Vasicek

(Loosely based on Hebrews 1-2)

 

Dear God,

We are so grateful to be Your people. Thank You that both Jew and gentile who repent and believe in Jesus Christ are brought into one spiritual family called the church.

 

Thank You for communicating with us. We know that you have spoken through Your prophets and apostles and have relayed Your Word to us in a variety of ways. We especially appreciate You speaking to us, Father, through Your Son, Who is the Word. He was with You from all eternity and an equal Member of the Godhead. When He became incarnate in the Person of Jesus Christ.

 

We thank You that the Son is the exact radiance of Your glory. He holds the entire universe together by His word. After He became incarnate, He died to atone for our sins and make us pure in Your sight. He rose, ascended, and is now seated at Your right hand.

 

He is above all angels and above all thrones. He reigns in righteousness and despises wickedness. We thank You that, through repentance toward You and faith in Your Son, we have become His companions. In another sense, He has also become our brother.

 

Through His propitiation, Jesus has defeated Satan and the power of sin and death has been broken. Through His incarnation and exaltation, He has experienced temptation and is able to help us when we are tempted.

 

Lord, this good news is truly good. We do not want to allow ourselves to become cold to these important spiritual realities. We do not want to drift away from You as the center of our lives. We do not want to neglect the great salvation You will demand an account from us as to how we neglected or nurtured our salvation.

 

Father, we pray for our nation’s churches. We pray that those churches that have drifted away from the truth of Scripture would recalibrate their beliefs and practices based upon Scripture. We pray that all Your children would accept that Your Word is the final word, and not put the traditions of men or the rulings of leaders above the clear teaching of Your Word. Help us to seek to understand the original intent of Scripture; keeps us from twisting it and molding it to fit pre-existing agendas.

 

Lord we pray for our nation especially those suffering from COVID; our president, senators, representatives, judges, state and local officials. We do not know what You have in store for our nation, so we ask You to lead them in a way that glorifies You.

 

Almighty King, we bring a few requests before You for our church family:

 

Father, we now bring before You our personal requests:

 

We bless Your Name. You are the God Who provides.

 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Pastoral Prayer #33

By Ed Vasicek

(Loosely based upon Jude 1)

 

Lord Yahweh, King of the Universe and Creator of all, we are awestruck at Who You are. What a joy it is to learn about You and experience Your grace in our daily lives. We are checking in today as Your servants. Yet we are not just servants: we are called Your own beloved. We are the bride of Christ. Still, we are servants, and we want to receive and implement the Your orders for our lives; we want to faithfully do Your will. You give us the grace and strength to carry out those orders, so we do not have to obey in our own strength. Thank You for calling us to Yourself and being involved with even the details of our lives.

 

Thank You that all of us who have truly accepted Jesus Christ as Savior share a common faith. Sadly, some people who name the Name of Christ are not genuine, and they seek to promote false teachings rather than the ancient faith of the first century, which has been delivered once for all and is documented in Your Word. This has not taken You by surprise: You warn us repeatedly of this in Your Word. As a matter of fact, Your Word contains many examples of false teachers troubling, deceiving, and misleading Your people. No wonder You repeat this warning so often.

 

As we draw nearer to the end times, we know that all sorts of spiritual and moral challenges await us. It is more difficult to live the Christian life and embrace Christian values in country than it was even a few years ago. Thank You for giving us Your Word and Your Spirit, that we might remain steadfast and faithful. With Your help, we will prevail.

 

Help us to be filled with Your Spirit; keep us eagerly searching and studying Your Word. Help us reject the notion that deep Bible study is for pastors or scholars, but, rather, is the domain of every child of God. We eagerly await the Blessed Hope, the return of the Lord Jesus to the clouds.

 

Today, Lord, we want to bring several church-related needs before Your throne:

 

 

We also have some personal requests we want to bring before You silently:

 

Father, we thank You for the joys of life; we thank You for how life’s challenges deepen us, although the process is often painful. We know You are in the process of conforming us into the image of Your dear Son. May others see Christ in us, and may we be a bit more Christ-like because we have participated in the service today. We ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.