>2010 National Day of Prayer
Thank you for raising up churches in the Kennebec Valley area that proclaim the Truth of Your Word. Thank you for the precious faith we have in common. Forgive us for our competitive spirit; for giving lip service to unity but refusing to share resources and work together. Forgive us for bearing grudges against each other, for gossiping about each other, for being absent in time of need; for giving a poor witness to the sacrificial love of Christ. Teach us how to think differently; how to think in terms of generosity, how to think in terms of unity. Forgive us for thinking these churches are ours instead of yours. Forgive us for failing to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ to those who need to hear by going instead of expecting them to come to us.
Forgive us for neglecting those who are poor; for lacking in compassion; for failing to meet the needs of the least of these. Forgive us for when our church potluck dinners have plenty but children in our towns go to bed hungry at night. Forgive us for obsessing over how our sanctuaries are decorated while some in our communities lack safe shelter for the night. We pray that you wouldn’t just meet the needs of the poor but that you would meet the needs of the poor through us. Give us a broken heart for the broken lives around us.
Remind us please to be the bearers of mercy, the standard bearers of forgiveness, and the stewards of grace; show us again how to give others what they don’t deserve because, in Christ, you have given us what we don’t deserve. Give us the courage to speak the truth in love; to pursue a deep fellowship that holds each other accountable to the standards of biblical truth; to lift high the name of Jesus Christ as the only solution to the problems in our churches, communities, and nation.
Lord, please also give us a broken heart for the broken world in which we live. We pray that the Gospel would find reception by those with ears to hear. Be with the missionaries who serve overseas and in other cultures. We pray for their protection as they minister in nations that oppress religious freedom and persecute the faithful. Help their love for others to translate into any language. We pray that their needs would be met; for their prayerful dependence on you; we pray that the day would come soon when every knee would bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.
For all of this, we know it is more than we deserve, more than we can accomplish, more than we can even imagine, but nothing is impossible for You. We pray for this believing it to be your will, but nonetheless asking for Your perfect will to be done. Lord Jesus, build your church so that the gates of hell will not prevail against it, for it is your name we pray.