“Make a just decision on my behalf! Decide what is right!” Psalms 17:2
Father, as the city council considers a moratorium on gas and oil drilling permits, we pray for your wisdom. May we see what dangers may lie in drilling near the city, but also be protected from unfounded fears and from misinformation. We pray for prosperity that does no harm.
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our . . . need.” –Heb.4:16
Father God, we pray for our city’s special needs students and their teachers. We ask that You would provide for them in all things that the students may have opportunity to reach their fullest potentials. We as for wisdom and grace for their teachers to know the best ways to teach each student. We ask for amply resources for the students’ families and schools, according to your riches and for your honor in and through their lives.
How delightful it is to see approaching over the mountains the feet of a messenger who announces peace, a messenger who brings good news, who announces deliverance, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7
Thank you Father for the power of shared communication in our society.
We pray that our city’s media would become a guide for the prayers of the saints, a source of information for solving our city’s problems, and an inspiration to greatness for our residents.
“Wake up! Wake up! Clothe yourself with strength, O Zion! Put on your beautiful clothes, O Jerusalem, holy city!” Isaiah 52:1
Father, thank you that you are stirring your bride from her slumber, that your people are awakening to your dawning brightness. May our eyes be opened to see the things of the Spirit, to see the hope of our calling in Christ Jesus, and to see that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in us. May we awaken to ride with you across this land, bringing your Kingdom wherever we go.
“But the angel said to them,”Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people.” –Luke 2:10
Thank you, Lord, for the good news that God incarnate came to live among us, as one of us. We pray for the artists, musicians, and thespians who are preparing to perform in this year’s Christmas plays and pageants. Give them inspiration, enhanced ability, creativity, health, and endurance to present the story well and with great joy.
“For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit.” 1 Corinthians 5:3
Thank you Father that you are everywhere, all at once.
We pray for the families that are separated by distance due to work or other obligations, particularly during this holiday season. Please strengthen the bonds between them while they are apart, visit them where they are with your presence, fill them with your Spirit to keep them close to you and to each other. Give them things to share when they can talk and bless their coming together again when the separation is over.
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” Psalms 150:6
On this day that we set aside for giving thanks, we reflect, Father, on all that you have given us: Life, friends, family, protection, healing, restoration, reformation, endurance, provision, guidance, love, and your kingdom. Thank you for being our God and for revealing yourself to us. Thank you for not treating us as our sins deserve, but instead having mercy on us. Thank you for giving us your grace that empowers us to live according to your ways and allows us to live in your presence. Thank you!