Grace Church AZ Prayer Topics for Sunday, March 29, 2020

Praise and Thanksgiving

Psalm 62:5–8 — For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. 8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.


Father God, let us embrace these times as an opportunity to pour out our hearts to you – proclaiming with our lips and believing in our hearts that you alone are our refuge. You alone are our salvation and our glory.

Global Topics

Again we pray for our brothers and sisters abroad, asking that you would sustain them and cause them to be light in the darkness of global tragedy. We pray for Your church in wealthy countries, that they would be broken before You and able to direct others toward humility in the midst of suffering and fear. We pray for Your church in poor countries that they would be strengthened and bold in their witness, pointing to You as the only source of hope. Reveal Yourself to a shaken world that desperately needs to know that You are the only fortress and salvation.

National Topics

In our own country, our attention is captured by covid 19 outbreaks in places like New York, California, Washington, Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans. Give us empathy for those for whom this epidemic is real and imminent. Remind us as a nation of Your favor and make us thankful for the provisions and resources that we have. It is by Your grace and goodness that we experience blessing, let the backdrop of this tragedy illuminate Your loving kindness despite our rebellion. Lord, we ask that You sustain and protect the many medical personnel who are courageously serving our cities, fulfilling their responsibilities to care for the sick and to comfort the dying. Cause the Body of Christ to be equally courageous in taking on the spiritual responsibility of proclaiming the ultimate source of all care and comfort.

Give our leaders wisdom. Give our people courage. Protect us from our fears, turn us from our pride and pour out Your salvation in this time of trouble.

Local Topics

Unite us as Your church in Arizona. Give us one voice that cries “Holy, Holy, Holy are You, the Almighty, the whole earth is filled with Your glory.” Unite us in the gladness of the gospel as we seek wisdom to battle the spread of the virus among our own. Protect the physically weak as well as the economically vulnerable among us. Make us spiritually strong – open our eyes to the spiritual battle before us. Root us in Your love that casts out all fear and lead is into a sturdy trust, unwavering and bold so that we might prove that Your ways are good and acceptable and perfect.

Fellowship Topics

Reveal Yourself within Grace Church. Make us a grateful people.

Give us hearts of gratitude as we take advantage of our extra family time. Help us to cherish our families, to view them as a Your gift, designed to be the place where we are known and cared for. Give spouses special grace for each other. Prompt parents to encourage their children. Save our kids for Your name’s sake.

You have revealed Yourself to us as Provider. Let us not easily forget Your faithfulness as we anticipate financial difficulty. Make us generous, loving people. Bring us comfort and peace so that we might exalt Your glorious name.

Shower us with Your love, protect us in trouble and replace our worldly fears with deep affection for You.

Amen

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