The pastoral prayer from Crosspoint’s Sunday service on January 17, 2021.
Lord, we praise you for your unchanging character. Your unending truth and grace. Your Sovereign and good Lordship in our lives and over this world is a great comfort and strength to us. You are the maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—and you remain faithful forever. In the end, it is your purpose that will remain, not our plans. You have established your throne in the heavens, and your kingdom rules over all.
And as your people, you have called us in your Scriptures to be a people of prayer to you. We want to pray in total dependence, considering how great you are.
We honor and pray for our leaders at the various levels of our government. We do so because your Scripture commands us to, no matter if we agree or disagree with them. We pray that you might give them godly wisdom, Christlike humility, and unity that leads to the good and flourishing of our nation. We pray that for the believers who serve in these roles, that you might give them courage, clarity, and that favor might be shown to policies and practices that reflect your Biblical truth.
As Psalm 146 says, we do not put our trust in princes, in human beings who cannot save and who will return to the ground in the end. You, Lord, alone, who rules over all, are our hope and help.
We pray for peace in our nation, this week and this year. We pray that you’d protect those who protect and guard our nation from evil.
Thank you that in Christ, we are citizens of Heaven, first. That we are in this world, but not of this world. Empower us with your Spirit to live peaceful lives in all godliness and holiness. Empower us to be a people who pursue good works that glorify you, ultimately. Empower us to show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers and live in awe and reverence of you above all. Empower us to use our words to build up others in grace, and may our words and thoughts of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord. Empower us to hunger and thirst for righteousness and seek your Kingdom first.
We pray for our neighbors, our communities, our state and our nation. Your Word tells us that you want all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth that there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.
We pray for gospel revival in our hearts, in our households, in our nation this year. We pray that we would witness Acts-like responses to the good news of Jesus both here at Crosspoint and in America. Revival is yours. Salvation is yours. We are grateful that revival is not determined by who holds a political office, let alone the plans of man.
Bring revival Lord. You are more than able.
Move us to continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Open the doors for the gospel, and help us speak clearly of your truth and grace. We need your help to walk in wisdom toward the lost, to make the best use of our time, to let our speech always be gracious and seasoned with salt.
Bring reconciliation, renewal and revival. You are more than able.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
In your good and powerful name, we pray and all God’s people said, Amen.