Prayers for the Church
Holy God our righteous judge, this is another week which you have made and we shall rejoice and be glad in it; thank you for the previous week’s and how you preserve our lives, it’s not by our works of righteousness but by your grace alone. We come before you once again this week knowing that we are insufficient on our own, we cannot help ourselves until you show us mercy and help us; forgive us miserable sinners, pardon us and show us the way to live a consistent victorious Christian life through Jesus Christ our Mediator and Advocate in Heaven! Amen.
When Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who are the people saying I am?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist; some, Elijah; some, Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “Who do you think I am?” Simon Peter answered, “The Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” “God has blessed you, Simon, son of Jonah,” Jesus said, “for my Father in heaven has personally revealed this to you–this is not from any human source. You are Peter, a stone; and upon this rock I will build my church; and all the powers of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; whatever doors you lock on earth shall be locked in heaven; and whatever doors you open on earth shall be open in heaven!”(Matthew 16:13-19|LIVING-
It is by the above understanding of the Scriptures that we know that the Church is not just a building but a personal revelation concerning Christ the personality of Christ, of which the Truth and right religion was revealed through the response of Peter; so that anyone who also comes in contact with same revelation will join the formidable army of the Lord to march towards the door of the kingdom; of which Key He has given us to operate like god’s here on earth.
Mighty and everliving God, make known your ways to all who walk through this path of righteousness, establish among us the Truth of the right religion; help us to comprehend the length and depth of your Love: open our hearts and mind to comprehend that divine mystery which has been hidden from the wise and has made known through your Son Jesus Christ to the simple hearted; take from among us, Heresies, Apostasy and all false doctrines of men built in philosophy and wisdom of this age, that is placing itself above the knowledge and Truth of Your Word.
Bless your Church on earth just as the church above, strengthen us to continually abide by the truth of the gospel of which the Holy Spirit was made manifest to reveal to us; grant us total reliance in you in good times and in bad times, may we never forsake the way to the kingdom and pursue after the glory of the world; may all who name the name of Christ abhor sins and hate inequity; grant us your divine enablement to speak the Truth even in the face of death, and to bring glory to your Kingdom through our teachings and living.
Merciful God, the Church needs your grace in this particular point in time; especially now that the building is locked. Help us to understand that the temple of God is made in our hearts the day we accepted to follow you; cause us to hallow you even in our bed room where no one is there to supervise us; help us to continually give ourselves to prayers and private reading of the Scriptures; be with us in trial times and grant us victory over the tempter through the written Word of God.
We pray and we commend Christian church everywhere around the world, many can not worship freely due to this lockdown, but we know that it’s just the building that is locked but your temple and Your Spirit is ever with us; they can take away the building but can’t take away the dwelling place of the Most High, establish in us to understand everywhere that the church is still marching on strong and mighty, for the gate of hell has not and will not prevailed against it. Grant us the grace to keep our bodies Holy in a time like this because our bodies is the temple of the Holy Spirit; may we never conform to the standard of this world just because the building is locked; but always cause our hearts and minds to be renewed by the inspiration of Your Spirit.
Thank You because we know that You will never leave nor forsake us; continue to work in us that which is pleasing unto You; continue to make us strong in the hope of Your eternal glory that when You will appear anytime soon or at the point of our death, we may rejoice greatly with the Church victorious on the exceeding riches of our inheritance in Christ. Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord will deliver them of all; thank You blessed God for in Jesus victorious name we have pray. Amen.