Faithfulness in Ministry

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Rom. 12:12)

Almighty Father,

We pray that you would bless the work of the missionaries who labour in the harvest fields. Grant that they would have a Gospel-driven perseverance, regardless of results; protection from discouragement and strength in persecution. Break down the barriers that Satan has raised up, that they may testify to your love and faithfulness, witnessing to the lost and scattered sheep. Bless them with joyful service and faithful prayer for their ministry and a growing love for the work being carried out. Provide them with long-term faithfulness so that they might stay the course and continue on with their work. Multiply what they sow, so that many would be brought to faith and begin a lifelong journey of discipleship. Provide the leaders and all labourers with wisdom and skill in mobilizing and training those in whom You have planted the gift of knowledge and salvation. Help them to cast aside all burdens, that they might grow in grace,  and lead a life of self-sacrificing love, repentance, humility, and faith. And give to them a heart for evangelism; boldness in taking opportunities to share the gospel.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, who with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, lives and reigns forever. Amen

 

Based on PCA/MTW prayer guide for missionaries.
https://mtw.org/testdetails/how-then-should-we-pray

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Our Sure Defense

O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries. Defend us with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Keep we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy: and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who together with you and the Spirit, One God, lives and reigns forever. Amen. Amen.

From: Reformed Anglican Fellowship

Monday Day Evening: Bounty

This is the third post from a series of prayers found in The Valley of Vision.

Thou Great and only Potentate,

Thou hast made summer and winter, day and night;
each of these revolutions serves our welfare
and is full of thy care and kindness.

Thy bounty is seen in
the relations that train us,
the laws that defend us,
the homes that shelter us,
the food that builds us,
the raiments that comfort us,
the continuance of our health, members, senses,
understanding, memory, affection, will.

But as stars fade before the rising sun,
thou hast eclipsed all these benefits
in the wisdom and grace that purposed
redemption by Jesus thy Son.

Blessed be thy mercy that laid help on
one that is mighty and willing,
on htat is able to save to the uttermost.

Make us deeply sensible of our need
of his saving grace,
of the blood that cleanses,
of the rest he has promised.

And impute to us that righteousness
which justifies the guilty,
gives them a title to eternal life,
and possession of the Spirit.

May we love the freeness of salvation,
and joy in its holiness;
Give us faith to grasp thy promises,
that are our hope,
provide for every exigency,
and prevent every evil.

Keep our hearts from straying after forbidden pleasures;
May thy will bind all our wishes;
Let us live out of the world as to its spirit,
maxim, and manners,
but live in it as the sphere of our action and usefulness;

May we be alive to every call of duty,
accepting without question
thy determination of our circumstances
and our service.

We pray this in the Name of Jesus Christ,
who, with You and the Holy Spirit.
lives and reigns forever.
Amen.

Monday Morning: God Over All

This is the second post from a series of prayers found in The Valley of Vision.

O God All Sufficient,

Thou hast made and upholdest all things
by the power of thy word;
darkness is they pavilion,
thou walkest on the wings of the wind;
all nations are nothing before thee;
one generation succeeds another,
and we hasten back to the dust;
the heavens we behold will vanish away
like the clouds that cover them,
the earth we tread on will dissolve as a morning dream.

But thou, unchangeable and incorruptible,
art for ever and ever,
God over all, blessed eternally.
Infinitely great and glorious art thou.

We are thy offspring and thy care.
Thy hands have made and fashioned us.
Thou hast watched over us with
more than paternal love,
more than maternal tenderness.
Thou hast holden our soul in life,
and not suffered our feet to be moved.
Thy divine power has given us all things
necessary for life and godliness.

Let us bless thee at all times
and forget not how thou hast
forgiven our iniquities,
healed our diseases,
redeemed our lives from destruction,
crowned us with lovingkindness and tender mercies.
You have satisfied our mouths with good things
and renewed our youth like the eagle’s.

May thy Holy Scriptures
govern every part of our lives,
and regulate the discharge of our duties,
so that we may adorn thy doctrine in all things.

For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
forever and ever,
Amen.