January 11, 2015
We live in a world that is primarily secular and non-Christian. In our culture we are bombarded with messages that encourage us to engage in ungodly pursuits. Advertising not only urges us to buy excessively, but encourages us by appealing to our fleshly and sexual desires.
We are surrounded by temptations to think and speak in worldly ways. Even former profanity has become adopted in common usage. In our modern culture, to be holy before God and man is to be considered strange.
Yet that is exactly what God requires of us.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
So, as we pray this morning let us follow the guidance of Scripture
“ let us draw near with a true heart in fullness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience: and having our body washed with pure water, let us hold fast the confession of our hope that it waver not; for he is faithful that promised: and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works; not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.” (Hebrews 10:22-25)
Our Father and our God, the news is filled with evidence of the fallen-ness of this world. We have this week seen the outbreak of evil. The enemy of our souls is active in our world causing terror, and bloodshed. Our Sovereign Lord, save Your People wherever they are in this world.
God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Your Chosen People in Israel are threatened on every side. Deliver Your People from those who would wipe them out.
Sovereign Lord, You are the God of all nations. Exert Your mighty power to redirect our leaders to godly ways and establishing of godly policies.
Lord God Holy Spirit, guide us into Christ’s truth. Strengthen our faith to withstand the onslaught of the world. Make us humble enough to open our hearts to embrace Your truth. Convince us of the idolatry in our hearts. Lead us to repent and return to walking with You in God’[s holy path.
Lord Jesus, you have placed Grace Fellowship Church in Maltby and on Paradise Road for a reason. Motivate us to fulfill Your purposes in this community.
You have called us to holiness and made us into a nation or priests; therefore we come boldly before you, cleansed of our sin, made righteous in Christ. We come to intercede for those we care about.
Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.