Prayer

Priests Intercede in Prayer

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1 Peter 2:2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 As you come to him, the living Stone-rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him-5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  (Revelation 1:4-6. 5:9, 20:6)
We are a kingdom of priests to God.  We have been saved by the blood of Christ, sanctified before the Father and set apart into His priesthood.  As such, we must pray, we must intercede to God to stop the spread of this deadly virus. Brothers and sisters, as followers of Jesus Christ, let us make spiritual sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ. May God hear our prayers and heal our land.

Pray with me today: 

Lord God of heaven and earth, Creator of all, and Savior, we come today to confess our sin and the sin of our nation.

 

We have become self-sufficient and have lived without dependence on you. We live our lives making our own plans and hoping you will agree. We have adopted many of this world’s ways and ideas and have left some of the clear teachings of your Word.

 

The world around us is filled with sin, with violence, covetousness, and with immorality of all types. The people around us worship everything but you. We often bow at the altars of money or recreation or comfort.

 

Father, your church, that you died to save, is no longer following your Great Commission, we are not personally carrying your gospel to others nor discipling others as you called us to do. We attend church on Sunday’s but are not a church family all week. We do not edify one another to love and to good works as you have called us to. Forgive us Lord for this sin.

 

Father, as we confess our sin we also turn from it. We have been deceived and now want to see your truth. We want to be drawn away from our sin so that we can love you purely. We repent and come to you with hearts wholly given over to call you “Lord;” furthermore, we want to follow you in every way you may lead us that we may be your holy body, your holy church.

 

We come to you Lord broken-hearted over the people, those made in your image, who are suffering from the COVID virus today. We grieve over those who are sick, those who have lost family and those who are going to die soon. Lord, death is our enemy, an enemy you have already defeated. Would you come down and save us from this enemy today. We intercede as we hold their hand and yours to bring them to you. Would you come to our city, as you stopped the death angel in David’s day, may you stop him again today. We understand that there is a normal cycle for this virus to run; we are asking you today, by your power and grace, to step in and to show us mercy. May you step in in such a way where all will know that you have worked. May no other religion claim that their deity helped but may all know that you have stopped this plague.

 

Father, we thank you for your mercy. Every one of us deserve the greatest disease possible for our rebellion against you. But in love, you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to take the penalty of our sin. You provided the only answer to sin’s deathly chill. We thank you for your present and eternal mercy and grace given to us through the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We long, Father, to be able to point people to the God of love and grace who has already provided healing for their eternal souls. Thank you, God, for your perfect will. We submit ourselves to that will as we intercede for our friends, our neighbors, and our fellow countrymen.

 

Lord, save us today from this sickness we ask; and Lord, save this city and this country from their sin through the work, the death, burial, and resurrection, of the Lord Jesus. It is in Jesus name, and through His shed blood that we humbly and boldly pray…

Praying for that which God has already done

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Leviticus 9

So they brought what Moses commanded before the tabernacle of meeting. And all the congregation drew near and stood before the Lord. Then Moses said, “This is the thing which the Lord commanded you to do, and the glory of the Lord will appear to you.”

22 Then Aaron lifted his hand toward the people, blessed them, and came down from offering the sin offering, the burnt offering, and peace offerings. 23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of meeting, and came out and blessed the people. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people, 24 and fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

1 Kings 18

23 Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it. 24 Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.”

So all the people answered and said, “It is well spoken.”

37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”

In the Leviticus passage we read about Aaron’s first atoning sacrifice as God’s high priest. Moses told Aaron and the people that they would see the glory of God on that day. When the sacrifices were made, God sent His fire and consumed the offerings on the altar confirming to Aaron and to all of the people that He had received their offerings and atoned their sin.

Generations later, Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to a duel. The God that answered by fire would be the true God. The reason Elijah could make this bold statement was that he knew Leviticus and the history of the atoning sacrifice. Elijah knew that God had answered by fire before and that for His glory, God would do it again.

In reading this, I was reminded that God is pleased to answer our prayers when we pray for things that He has done before. Elijah’s faith was not on a whim but on the facts of God’s previous activity. Our faith is not on a whim either, it cannot be. Faith without substance is as empty as one with no faith. The substance of our faith, (Hebrews 11:1) is the previous actions of God for His people. If God never changes, if Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, then we can expect our prayers to be answered as they have been answered somewhere before.

We often ask if some action or decision has precedence, has it been done this way before. If something has precedence, we have more confidence to attempt it again. The Bible is filled with ways that God both protected and provided for His people. Whenever we find ourselves in a difficult situation, God would have us come to Him and ask Him to provide for us or to protect us as He has done for others, so that He may receive great glory. These prayers of faith are the prayers we pray with confidence, just as Elijah did the day he prayed for fire to fall from heaven and consume his sacrifice, as it had at Aaron’s first sacrifice. In a way, Elijah was unfair to the prophets of Baal. He knew that His God had answered with fire before, he was betting on a sure thing. Let us come to God with the same confidence in the hours of our needs.

 

Join with me in prayer today for Victory Academy for Boys and for Pastor Mark. There are decisions that need to be made today and Pastor Mark needs God’s wisdom in a special way. Because of a staffing issue, the Academy did not open in September. They are opening in January this year. In the meantime, another situation has arisen. Join with us today in special prayer for this ministry.

 It is grievous to see so much pain taking place around the world. Many nations are living in unrest with riots, demonstrations, violence, and more. Pray for our brothers and sisters in difficult places and pray for men and women to seek the Lord and His peace in the midst of their confusion.

 Have a great day in the Lord,

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Do we pray as we should?

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All of us know we could pray more. In this message, mostly taken from the Lead the Cause notes, Pastor Steve looks at the How and why of prayer. This message will challenge you to seek the Lord more and more before serving Him.