A prayer giving thanks to God for His goodness and to plead with Him to protect us from evil and to bless His church.
God of gods, Lord of lords,
We give You our thanks
for Your love endures forever.
We thank You for Your spectacular kindness in lavishing grace upon undeserving sinners;
for showering mercy upon rebels;
those who seek security and satisfaction outside the abundance of Your gracious hand.
We thank You for Your goodness,
for Your compassion,
for Your slowness to anger.
You have told us that You do not delight in afflicting the children of men.
You take no delight or pleasure in the death of anyone.
Instead, You take no delight or pleasure when sinners repent;
when men and women, boys and girls fear You and put their hope in You.
Father, through Your Son, and by Your Spirit,
You have removed sin’s guilt from us.
Now we pray that You would break sin’s power in us.
Graciously keep us from allowing sin to control us.
Strengthen us in our struggle against it.
Help us to crucify the flesh with its insatiable desires and lusts.
May we increasingly depend upon the power give to us to keep in step with the Spirit as we obey all Christ has commanded us.
May it be evident in our lives that the old self is being put off and the new self, which is being re-created after Your image in true righteousness and holiness, is being put on.
We pray that in our weakness, You would not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Reassure us that the tests we face are not extraordinary but are those which are common to man.
Do not allow us to be tried beyond what we can endure.
Help us to put on the whole armour of God, so we can take our stand against the schemes of the devil.
Let us fasten on the belt of truth.
Help us put on the breastplate of righteousness.
As shoes for our feet, let us move forward with the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
Enable us to take up the shield of faith in all circumstances.
Let our heads be guarded by the helmet of salvation.
And may we use the sword of the Spirit – the Word of God – to resist the devil because when we do He will flee.
We pray for Your people wherever they may be found.
As local churches meet openly or in secret, behind closed doors,
would You bless them;
would You nourish them with Your Word;
would You strengthen them.
Do good to them by assuring them of Your pardon, provision, and protection.
May Your Spirit help the members of each local church to use the gifts they have been given for the common good;
to serve one another,
that each body of believers is built up, numerically, in unity, and in maturity;
so that glory is given to Your great Name.
[Inspired by Matthew Henry’s A Method for Prayer]