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

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.

Sunday Evening: The Teacher

This is the first in a series of prayers from The Valley of VisionA Weeks Shared Prayers. As the title suggests there’s a prayer for each day, so this will be a 7 post series. I hope you can be edified by these prayers and perhaps use them as part of your devotions this week.

First Day Evening: The Teacher

O God,
We bless thee,
our Creator, Preserver, Benefactor, Teacher,
for opening to us the volume of nature
where we may read and consider thy works.

Thou has this day spread before us the fuller pages of revelation,
and in them we see what thou wouldest have us do,
what thou requirest of us,
what thou hast done for us,
what thou hast promised to us,
what thou hast given us in Jesus.

We pray thee for a conscious experience of his salvation,
In our deliverance from sin,
in our bearing his image,
in our enjoying his presence,
in our being upheld by his free Spirit.

Let us not live uncertain of what we are,
or of where we are going.
Bear witness with our spirit that we are thy children;
and enable each on to say, ‘I know my Redeemer.’

Bless us with a growing sense of this salvation.
If already enlightened in Christ, may we see greater things;
if quickened, may we have more abundant life;
if renewed, let us go on from strength to strength.

Give us closer abiding in Jesus
that we may bring forth more fruit,
have a deeper sense of our obligations to him,
that we may surrender all,
have a fuller joy,
that we may serve him more completely.

And may our faith work by love
towards him who died,
towards our fellow-believers,
towards our fellow-men.

All this we ask in the Name of Jesus,
who with you and the Spirit,
one eternal God,
lives and reigns forever.
Amen.

A Labor Day Prayer

Almighty God, Thou hast so linked our lives one with another that all we do affecteth, for good or ill, all other lives; So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

From the Book of Common Prayer