Prayer For The Global Church (1 May)
Sing: The Day of the Lord
Scripture: Rev 7:9-17
9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”
14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”
And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore,
“they are before the throne of God
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”
Search your heart and pray as the Spirit leads
Hosanna! Hosanna! Glory in the Highest! What rejoicing that day will be when we see You face to face, Lord! We know that this world is not our home. Our birth and our death – You alone know. You call and invite us to enjoy You as our Saviour and Lord, to find the deep life that You know we truly desire but are blind to. We have settled for lesser things of this world. And so You ask us to turn our eyes to look at Jesus! To see how He was born, lived, suffered and died. But it was not the end. Jesus rose again. He conquered the grave! Thank You Father! All the days of our lives are to be lived responsively to You…to Your Word and Spirit…for that is what You desire of us as true worshippers. All the days of our lives, we are to live as responsible stewards. Yet, we have failed…to care for the good earth that You made and to care for the people You have placed here. We ask that You will open our eyes to see everyone with the love of Jesus, without prejudice or racism. Forgive us, Lord, for choosing to believe only what we find easy and comfortable rather than to embrace a life of true discipleship, to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus! Purify us, O Lord, in these days, of being around those we love, to remember what truly matters in the whole scheme of things. Move us to embrace the high calling to be wholly devoted followers of Jesus Christ in loving God completely, loving others compassionately, and loving self correctly!
Father, You alone are worthy of praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, power and strength for ever and ever. We pray that Your Church, the Bride of Christ, will be the salt and light You call us to be. Wherever we are, let us share and agree with the Apostle Peter who said that he sees very clearly that You, O God, show no favoritism. In every nation, You accept those who fear You and do what is right. What Good News we have that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ! YOU ARE LORD OF ALL! Father, we have divided ourselves by our own false sense of worth in power, prestige and positions. We have forgotten that You care for the widows and orphans in distress. You came for the sinners and the sick. You came for those we might not come close to, and we forget so easily to look within ourselves and see our own need for healing. It’s not about our name but Yours. Our true identity is to be found in Christ. To be Christians! We are not to find our core sense of worth from our national, racial, or cultural identity, but to find our acceptance, significance and security in Jesus Christ our Lord!! Tear down the walls that divide us! Let us see that this Covid-19 has brought a forced cleansing of the atmosphere…to examine our independence, to scrutinize our stewardship of resources and care of people, to pay attention of our faith in You…we ask, Lord, that we will be so shaped to exercise FULL dependence on You alone! In doing so, let us appreciate the interdepence of skills, talents and abilities that everyone young and old, rich and poor, weak or strong bring. Let us as Christians everywhere live a life worthy of the calling we have received. Remind us to be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love and to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Remind Your children daily that there is one body and one Spirit, just as we were called to one hope when we were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, Who is over all and through all and in all. What rejoicing there can be when we truly see one another as Your children and as one family standing together. By how we love You and love one another, those who do not know You will turn their eyes to look to Jesus because they will see how great our Father’s love is for us and them! So on that day, Father, when He shall come with trumpets sound, oh may we then in Him be found, dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne of God! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!