A Prayer for us all!
Our Father in heaven, holy is Your name! As Your people, we are thankful that Your hand of blessing has been upon our great nation! We rejoice in Your faithfulness and give You glory and praise. We renew our dependence upon You and humble ourselves in Your presence.
As we celebrate Your blessings this 4th of July, we cry out for a renewed love for You to sweep through our homes, our churches and our communities. We cry out for a new and fresh work of Your Spirit where we live and where we worship. We see our need for Your presence and for Your work among us! Truly, we are a broken and needy church and nation! It is obvious to us all that without You we can do nothing. Lord, revive us again!
Washington, our nation’s capital, is in desperate need at this very moment! We pray that our leaders would see their need to hear from You. Many of them work on their own agendas without regard for Your providential guidance. We pray for them! Lord, we need and want leaders that pray before making decisions. We need and want leaders that have a heart for people like Jesus did! We need and want leaders that do more than give lip service to the most needy and weak among us! We want and need leaders that are willing to give their lives to preserve life. Give us leaders that realize that You have placed them there to do good among us and not evil! Renew within Your church a commitment to pray for these same leaders as Your Word instructs us!
Lord, we bless You and ask for Your blessings! May this Independence Day be the one that turns our hearts heavenward. May this Independence Day be the one that lights the fires of revival in our hearts! May this Independence Day be the one that opens the door of heaven so that Your favor can be ours again!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Father, we come to You to pray for our nation, the United States of America.
How You have blessed us through the years, Lord! We rightly sing, “America, America, God shed His grace on thee.” Yet we see trouble in our culture today. We see the breakdown of the family, crippling addictions, and random acts of horrific violence.
Lord, we need Your help in America. In recent days, we have done our best to remove Your Word and Your counsel from our courtrooms, classrooms, and culture. It seems, as President Lincoln once said, that we have “forgotten God.” But Lord, You have not forgotten us! You can bless and help and revive our country again.
Scripture tells us that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Lord, in Your mercy, we ask that You would exalt our country again. We have had a number of great awakenings in America. We have experienced times of refreshing, and revivals that changed not only the spiritual but also the moral landscape. As the psalmist said, “Will You not revive us again, so that Your people may rejoice in You?” (Psalm 85:6).
That is our prayer for America today, Lord. Send a mighty spiritual awakening that will turn the hearts of men and women, boys and girls, back to you. You have told us if we will humble ourselves and pray, and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways, that You will forgive our sins and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Forgive us today, Lord, and heal this troubled land that we love so much.
We ask all of this in the name of Jesus Christ.
This prayer for America was written by Pastor Greg Laurie
Hello Grace Church!
Prayer is an important part of our lives as Christians. You may have noticed the “PRAY” signs around the church. Every message preached at Grace Church carries the reminder to “PRAY.” For quite a while now this has been on my heart! I believe everything we do as a church is connected to our prayers! Nothing is accomplished for the Lord and His Kingdom without prayer! NOTHING! We need to pray alone, to pray with our families, to pray with each other and we need to pray in our worship services! Seeking the Lord is not optional for us as God’s people! Jesus called His House a “House of Prayer.” Brothers and sisters, let’s join our hearts together and seek the Lord! Let’s honor Him as we fall before Him in humble acknowledgment of His greatness and glory! Jesus told His disciples that “men ought always to pray and not to faint.” Should we do less? I think not!
Our FOOD DRIVE ends this Sunday! This is just one simple we can demonstrate God’s love for our community! What a great way to make a difference. You might have some neighbors or coworkers that would like to help. Maybe your supervisor will let your office take part! Try it and see! Be sure to do your part! Thank you in advance for sharing the Lord’s blessings with others! Together we can!
REMINDER… this Sunday we move our clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time! Praying for you and yours! GOD BLESS YOU!
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Prayer is God’s way of working out His purposes in our lives. Prayer is more than an emotional shout out to God on our behalf or on behalf of a friend in need! Jesus once encouraged His disciples to pray and not to give up. These are challenging words from Jesus! We all have somewhat of a history when it comes to prayer. At times we all pray, and then after a few days our minds wander, and we move on to another spiritual discipline only to quietly return to prayer when a serious need arises again! What would it be like to pray and then to keep on praying? In His Sermon on the Mount Jesus said in Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. What is Jesus saying here in Matthew 7? Let me paraphrase it: Pray and keep on praying! Jesus said this for a reason. He is not suggesting for us to pray as the hypocrites do with vain repetition. He is teaching us to faithfully pray, and then to keep on praying, believing that our LORD will hear and answer our prayers. In other words, persistence makes a difference in prayer. Crying out to our Heavenly Father is a good thing! Persistence in prayer is a sign of deep faith in God! Let’s be known for seeking the Lord through prayer. As we persist in prayer, God will hear and answer us. Brothers and sisters, we serve a big GOD; through prayer He works! Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. WOW, WHAT A PROMISE!!!
Take a few minutes, and pray as you prepare for Sunday’s services. We will have a time of fellowship beginning at 9:15AM in our Fellowship Hall! Join us, and bring your family. There will be plenty of food, juice and coffee. At 9:45AM our ladies will move to the Sanctuary to be taught by Sarelle Pendergraft. Our men will remain in the Fellowship Hall to continue eating! (Laugh here… it’s a joke!) While our ladies are being taught in the Sanctuary, Austin Pendergraft will teach our men! This is going to be a great day! Our children will be joining us for some food as well!
2018 is shaping up to be a fruitful year of ministry at Grace Church. Let’s LOVE GREENVILLE TOGETHER! Sunday’s Bulletin Insert includes some of our plans for the future. Check them out on Sunday morning!
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
God bless you as you grow in grace!