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Friday, November 28, 2014

Prayer of Thanksgiving – Joy


“For there is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love you for your own sake, whose joy you yourself are. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to you, of you, for you; this is true joy, and there is no other” (St. Augustine, “Confessions,” 10.22).
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16.11).

Ah, holy God, how often we have forgotten that you are joy itself, and to have you is to have undying joy! We admit that we too easily get caught up in the swirling current and maddening rush of our commercial, accumulative, avaricious society and begin to believe the lie that buying, acquiring, compiling, and stockpiling “stuff” is joy. And then you abruptly expose the vanity of it when most of it becomes outdated, broken, and inoperable before it’s even paid off! Forgive us, Lord, and restore to us the joy of your salvation (Psalm 51.12).

Thank you, inexhaustible Joy, that you are this joy without us, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit; but also that you give yourself for us and to us! Thank you that with you, and in your presence, is fullness of joy. Thank you that your Son Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross for us (Hebrew 12.2). Thank you that the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away (Isaiah 35.10). Thank you, O God of hope, who fills us with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may abound in hope (Romans 15.13).

Glory to you, O God most high!

Mike


{I hope you find this prayer thought provoking. But more than that, I hope this prayer will enhance your relationship with God. If you use this prayer for something other than personal use, please give credit where credit is due. Thanks, Mike}

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Prayer of Thanksgiving - A Litany


“Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. ( . . . ) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1.9-11, 17).

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us. 

For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea: We thank you, Lord.

For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends: We thank you, Lord. 

For these minds to think, hearts to love, and hands to serve: We thank you, Lord.

For this health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play: We thank you, Lord.

For the abundance you have richly provided for us to enjoy, and from which we can abundantly share (1 Timothy 6.17-18): We thank you, Lord.

For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity: We thank you, Lord. 

For all valiant pursuers after truth, liberty, and justice: We thank you, Lord.

For though we were once alienated and hostile in our minds, doing evil deeds, nevertheless your Son has now reconciled us to yourself in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present us holy and blameless and above reproach before you: We thank you, Lord.

For your gracious work in the lives of men, women, girls and boys: We thank you, Lord.

For the communion of saints, the fellowship of the faithful who have gone before us and those who walk with us now: We thank you, Lord.

Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord, that in him all of your promises to us are “Yes” and “Amen” (2 Corinthians 1.20); to you be praise, glory and thanksgiving, O Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Mike

{I hope you find this prayer thought provoking. But more than that, I hope this prayer will enhance your relationship with God. If you use this prayer for something other than personal use, please give credit where credit is due. Thanks, Mike}

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Prayer of Thanksgiving – for God Who Is Faithful


“For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God! The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he” (Deuteronomy 32.3-4).

What you say, O reliable God, is what you do! You are faithful, first and foremost to yourself; your own character, your own qualities, your own integrity. You are the God “who never lies” (Titus 1.2). Your “yes” is yes and your “No” is no. You are not a man, that you should lie, or a son of man, that you should change your mind. Have you said, and will you not do it? Or have you spoken, and will you not fulfill it (Number 23.19)? And all your promises find their Yes in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 1.20a).

You called Abraham, promising to be his God and that he would always be yours. You promised that through his seed you would bless all the nations and families of the world. And you promised that through his seed he would become heir of the world. Now we see that the seed of Abraham is your well-beloved Son Jesus Christ, who by his death on the rugged cross, triumphed over death. And by his resurrection has begun restoring life to those overcome by death and sin. Through this seed of Abraham all the world is beginning to flow to the mountain of your House; because of him the whole creation now waits eagerly for the redemption of the sons of God, when all creation will be finally delivered from the bondage of corruption. And we rejoice that by Jesus’ righteousness Adam’s disobedience is being undone, and in union with Christ we are now made the seed of Abraham, heirs according to the promise!

Glory to you, O God most high!

Mike

{I hope you find this prayer thought provoking. But more than that, I hope this prayer will enhance your relationship with God. If you use this prayer for something other than personal use, please give credit where credit is due. Thanks, Mike}

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Prayer of Thanksgiving – for God Who Is Good


Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever (1 Chronicles 16.34)!

You are good in and of yourself, O Lord. You are good and upright. You are good to all, showing your mercy to all that you have made. The quality of your moral excellence is untarnished, and is shown in your actions, in the steadfastness of your love, in the slowness of your judgment against your enemies, in the caring provision you make for all you have created, and in the special providence you demonstrate toward your Church.

Thank you mighty God that you are good and have always been good – even without us; and your goodness is richly for us. Thank you that because you are good, then you will not cast off forever; that though you may cause grief, you will have compassion according to the abundance of your steadfast love; that you do not afflict from your heart or grieve the children of men (Lamentations 3.32-33). Thank you that when you are preeminent in the consciousness and sub-consciousness of nations, tribes, clans, families and people, then decency, virtuousness and courteousness become uppermost. Thank you that through Christ Jesus your Son come both your grace and truth (John 1.17).

Glory to you, O God most high!

Mike

 [Here are a few other Bible passages referred to in the prayer: Ezra 3.11; Psalm 25.8, 34.8, 100.5, 106.1, 135.3, 145.9, 1 Peter 2.3]


{I hope you find this prayer thought provoking. But more than that, I hope this prayer will enhance your relationship with God. If you use this prayer for something other than personal use, please give credit where credit is due. Thanks, Mike}

Monday, November 24, 2014

Prayer of Thanksgiving - For the God of Justice


Prayer of Thanksgiving – for the God of Justice
O LORD of hosts, you are exalted in justice; O Holy God, you show yourself holy in righteousness (Isaiah 5.16). You are the God of justice who waits to be gracious to your people; who exalts yourself in order to show mercy (Isaiah 30.18). You love justice and hate robbery and wrong (Isaiah 61.8). In you there is no dark side, no perverseness or peevishness (James 1.17). What you say is right is right. What you define as fair is fair. You execute justice for the oppressed, give food to the hungry, and set the prisoners free. You open the eyes of the blind, lift up those who are bowed down, and love the righteous.  You watch over the sojourners and uphold the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked you bring to ruin (Psalm 146.7-9).

Therefore, you hate sin and the evil way; you are nauseated when people violate goodness to line their pocket, and when they crush the poor (James 5.1-6); when men, women, boys and girls fall in with the many to do evil, or bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice; and when folks are partial to a poor man in his lawsuit (Exodus 23.2-3).

We thank you that you are this kind of God, and that you desire societies and communities to reflect your justice. We thank you that when you are elevated in people’s hearts, homes, governments and cultures, that fairness, rightness, and justice are elevated. We thank you that you care deeply when people have been molested and violated and their violators pay out hush money to cover up their deeds. We thank you that you give attention to courts, parliaments and national officers who misuse their positions to show favoritism to their promoters and pet projects. We thank you that you – God of justice – will have the final say in all things, for we will all stand before your judgment seat; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Romans 14.10-11).  And we thank you that you have shown your righteousness at the present time – through the death and resurrection of your Son, so that you might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus (Romans 3.23).


Glory to you, O God most high!

{I hope you find this prayer thought provoking. But more than that, I hope this prayer will enhance your relationship with God. If you use this prayer for something other than personal use, please give credit where credit is due. Thanks, Mike}

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Prayer of Thanksgiving - For God Himself


{I plan to be posting Thanksgiving Prayers all of this week - 23 through 30 November 2014; so come back every day. Mike}

Prayer of Thanksgiving – for God himself!

O Holy God –

  • Uncontaminated by greed, envy or lust;
  • Unstained by hysterical anger, self-centered egoism, or soul-stifling insecurity;
  • Uncontained by space, time, laws of physics, or human rationality;
  • In Whom all is contained, sustained and arranged;
  • In Whom there is more goodness and truth in one “ounce” of you – so to speak – than there is in our whole being;
  • In Whom there is more love and compassion than anything we could imagine or fashion;
  • You are the beauty of holiness itself, in all radiance and purity;
  • You are the meaning of all, seen and unseen, visible and invisible;
  • You are the fullness of justice, rightness, gladness and peace!
And you are all of these things without us – O Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

And you are all these things for us!!!!

Glory to you, O God Most High!

{I hope you find this prayer thought provoking. But more than that, I hope this prayer will enhance your relationship with God. If you use this prayer for something other than personal use, please give credit where credit is due. Thanks, Mike}

Congregational Prayer - 23 November 2014 PM

Your steadfast love, LORD, never ceases; your mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Our souls say, “The LORD is my portion, therefore I will hope in him.” LORD you are good to those who wait for you, to the soul who seeks you. It is good that one should wait quietly for your salvation, LORD. (Lamentations 3.22-26).

We pray that all of the living may come to know that you, the Most High, rules the kingdoms of men; you give kingdoms to whomever you will, and you set over them even the lowliest of men (Daniel 4.17). Supervise and supervene the nations of our world to bring about what is the best and the most beneficial for all people, and especially for your Church. But also supersede and stifle those that brutalize and batter their people, and your people. O Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for your Church in all places, including Korean Baptist Church of Oklahoma; Lamd of the Living God Baptist; Light House Baptist; and Maranatha Baptist of Western Oaks: O Lord, we beseech you to keep your household the Church in continual godliness; that through your protection she may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given over to serving you in all good works to the glory of your Name (adapted from The Book of Common Prayer). O Lord, hear our prayer.

Father, be with this congregation; of your own will you brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of your creatures. Therefore, let every one of us be quick to hear your word of truth, slow to speak against it, slow to anger; knowing that the anger of man does not produce your righteousness.  By your aid and guidance, help us to put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and to receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save our souls; and to be doers of the word, and not hearers only (James 1.18-22). O Lord, hear our prayer.


Finally, Lord God, we pray for our brothers, sisters, parents, co-workers and colleagues, as well as acquaintances and adversaries; who are succumbing to older age, sickness, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and dementia, and those recovering from various medical procedures,…help us to love them as we do ourselves, and to do what we can to assist and relieve them. Grant them to recover, and to know that you – O Great Physician – have given them the gift of restored health that they may praise and serve you all the remaining days of their lives. O Lord, hear our prayer.

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