…We toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. ~1 Timothy 4:10
God through our prayers this week we have brought before you our desire to live in the mission of the Kingdom, our commitment to the truth, our love of expressing your praises and a promise to use the talents you’ve entrusted to us. Today we confess that it not easy because we struggle in so many ways.
Some of us are sick, Father. In our church there are those who are fighting cancer and other diseases. There are those who are trying to recover from surgeries and finding it a long and distressing path.
Some of us have stumbled, and we’re fighting our way back.
Some of us have been carrying around burdens we should not.
Some of us have been hurt, and some have hurt others.
Some are brokenhearted over messed up relationships and loved ones gone.
Lord tomorrow we will gather to worship in assembly and on every pew there will be a struggle. We appeal to you Lord to give us the grace of your healing. We know you as a healer, Jesus. We believe your power is not diminished at all. Please move among us and bless every one that struggles in life … help us with just blessing we need. In your wisdom you know just what we need.
…They brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them. ~Matthew 4:24
Our church struggles, Lord, and we need your Spirit to build us up inwardly and give us strength for the days ahead. We pray for those who have not given themselves to your work. We pray for the leaders, that they would not grow discouraged. We pray for our church to grow in maturity and strength, power and hope.
It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil and struggle with all the energy that he powerfully inspires within me. ~Colossians 1:28-29
We struggle against an enemy that is able to tempt us with precision and experience. He knows how to disrupt unity. He has a way of getting between brothers and sisters and creating fractures in relationships you meant to be strong. In his evil ancient wisdom he knows how to remind us of our past failures, and place before us temptations to fail again.
So remind us, Lord, that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). We believe you that the enemy is defeated and we ask you to tear down every stronghold he has built up among your people.
Lord, for all of of the struggles we bring to you on this day, we know that we have the promise of a time without struggle yet ahead. We can make it through the dark valleys because we know we are not walking alone. We reach out for your hand, Lord, in our pain. Thank you for the comfort to be found in your presence and promises.
…He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away. ~Revelation 21:4
On this day before we gather to worship, we stand ready to face every challenge in the power and strength that comes only from you. Thank you! Amen!