Grace Church AZ Prayer for Sunday, September 06, 2020

Grace Church AZ Prayer for Sunday, September 06, 2020

Praise and Thanksgiving

Romans 8:18–30 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

LORD, there are times we do not know what to pray. We do not have the words to say. But Your Spirit knows Your will and intercedes on our behalf. What an honor! What a privilege! May our utter dependence on You manifest itself in our obedience to your commands and love for one another.

Global Topics

For those in the world who have yet to hear the name of Jesus, we pray for those you are sending to them, and we remember Jayme Miller who is training now to be sent out for such a calling. Father, send Your Spirit before Jayme and her future team to ready the hearts and ears of the people they will eventually preach Your name to for the very first time. Through length of time, built relationship, and an understanding of language through culture, may the translation of Your Word be clear and its sharing winsome.

National Topics

For our country, we find ourselves at many crossroads all at once. I pray for our elected representatives to truly represent the people from whom they were sent. I pray that Your will would be done in the upcoming presidential election. I pray for the disunity that is developing even between Your people in Your Body. May we be reminded how much grace we have received so that we may exercise granting grace to the brethren. May we submit ourselves to Your way instead of our political party’s way. May our love for one another outshine the division in our country and point those outside the Church to the only answer, Your Son Jesus Christ.

Local Topics

For Your Church represented by local bodies here in the greater Phoenix area, may we find the unity of being Your Body to outweigh nuances in open-handed doctrinal issues so we can come alongside the marginalized, the poor, the outcast, the hurting, to love them in ways they have never imagined possible and do it all in the name of Jesus and motivated by hearts full of gratitude.

Fellowship Topics

For us here in Grace Church, both gathered in person and viewing online, May we enjoy encouraging conversations where we seek to understand one another for the purpose of building Your Kingdom through deepened relationship. Thank You for the honor to lift one another up in prayer. May we seize every opportunity to do so. Thank You for the pain many of us feel emotionally, spiritually, or physically, as we know that every trial is an opportunity to cast down our self-made crowns and give You all the glory as we depend upon You.

LORD, You are glorious, great, good, and gracious. Through Your Spirit in our lives, through the reading of your word, through fellowship with one another, remind us, Father, that we need not fear anyone or anything other than You, that we need not be in control because You are, that we need not find satisfaction in anyone or anywhere else besides in You, and that we need not prove ourselves as a Christ proved Himself for us in our stead through His perfect life, His death, burial, and resurrection. And remind us of our great Hope, our expectant certainty, that Christ will one day soon return again to make all things new. Maranatha, come LORD Jesus come.

In Christ’s name for His glory we ask these things, and all God’s people said “Amen.”