Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“Count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1: 2-4)
“Work as if you were to live a hundred years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow.” - Benjamin Franklin
Congregational Bible Prayer (recite as a congregation)
A Prayer from Psalm 15
“O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
and speaks truth in his heart;
who does not slander with his tongue
and does no evil to his neighbor,
nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
but who honors those who fear the Lord;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
who does not put out his money at interest
and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.”
Bible Prayer Story
Abigail’s Petition - 1 Samuel 25: 1-35
Prayer for the Nations
Father, we pray for your Church and the peoples of Africa, that by your grace their “love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that [they] may approve what is excellent, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11) To this end, we pray for the nations and people of:
South Africa (President Ramaphosa)
Up until 1994 South Africa was ruled by a white minority government, which enforced a separation of races with its policy called apartheid, resulting in decades of international isolation, armed opposition, and mass protests.
Lord, help to heal the wounds inflicted by systematic racism and use your church to model the “every tribe and tongue” inclusivity and reconciliation of your Kingdom.
South Sudan (President Kiir)
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 as the outcome of an agreement that ended Africa's longest-running civil war 6 years prior. Independence did not bring conflict in South Sudan to an end, however, as Civil war broke out in 2013, leading to a conflict that has displaced some 4 million people.
Holy Spirit, give us compassionate hearts when considering those displaced from home countries torn apart by conflict, and hear our prayers for peace and stability to be cultivated in these war-torn nations.
Sudan (Lieutenant-General Burhan)
Sudan has long been beset by conflict. Two rounds of civil war cost the lives of 1.5 million people, and a continuing conflict in the western region of Darfur has driven two million people from their homes and killed more than 200,000. Lt-Gen Burhan was sworn in as chairman of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council on April 12, 2019 after the army overthrew veteran President Bashir. Tensions continue to run high after troops fired into crowds of protesters in June, killing dozens of people.
Jesus, give political leaders wisdom as they navigate replacing Sudan’s transitional military-ruled government, and end the bloodshed caused by ongoing conflicts and protests.
Tanzania (President Magufuli)
Tanzania is home to two renowned tourism destinations - Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, and wildlife-rich national parks such as the Serengeti, which has become a target for poachers. Conservationists have warned that the entire elephant population could die out by the end of the decade if they continue to be killed for their ivory at the current rate.
Father, forgive us for the ways that we have failed to care for and cherish your creation. Provide conservationists with the means to protect that which you entrusted into our care since the Garden of Eden, and convict us to value that which you have made, called good, and intend to redeem.
Togo (President Gnassingbe)
Togo has for years been the target of criticism over its human rights record and political governance. The country has also gained notoriety as a transit point for ivory poached elsewhere in the region.
Lord, thwart the efforts of wicked people, whether in the exploitation of human rights or the ivory trade, and overthrow corrupt leaders who do nothing to put an end to these practices.
Tunisia (President Essebsi)
Tunisia has been relatively peaceful, but secular Tunisians, especially women, are worried about the growing influence of ultra-conservative Islamists. There is a mounting challenge posed by Islamist militants.
Holy Spirit, we thank you for the freedoms afforded to many Tunisians, particularly women, during the recent political regime. Extend your protection to your church and those under the threat of attack by Islamist militants and the pervasive influence of Islamic extremism.
Uganda (President Museveni)
Since its independence from Britain in 1962, Uganda has endured a military coup, followed by a brutal military dictatorship which ended in 1979, disputed elections in 1980, and a five-year war that brought the current president to power in 1986. The country has also had to contend with a brutal 20-year insurgency in the north.
Jesus, turn Uganda to you so that they may experience your rest and peace, and no longer be shackled to the conflicts that have plagued this nation.
Zambia (President Lungu)
Zambia has experienced rapid economic growth over the last decade, and also has one of the world's fastest growing populations. However, economic growth has failed to improve the lives of most Zambians, with two-thirds still living in poverty.
Father, we thank you for the growth and progress that Zambia has experienced in recent years. Use your church to care for and share with those in poverty, which make up the majority of Zambia’s population, and use this act of love and selflessness to lead others to worship you.
Zimbabwe (President Mnangagwa)
Since 2000 Zimbabwe has struggled to feed its own people due to severe droughts and the effects of a land reform program that resulted in sharp falls in agricultural production. Political transition in 2017 freed up politics and the media, but the country remains cash-strapped and impoverished.
Lord, provide political leaders with the wisdom to navigate food shortages, and bless the country’s farmers (many of whom were landless and unskilled in agricultural labor before Zimbabwe’s land reform program turned white-owned farmland over to their hands) with the necessary resources and support to provide for themselves and the rest of the country.
Congregational Personal Prayers
Father, we pray for the body of Coquina, that by your grace toward each of us you “may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do” for your glory (Jeremiah 42:3), giving us the strength and discernment daily to take up our cross and follow you.
Command of Christ
“I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)
Confession for Forgiveness
“For your name's sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt,
for it is great. Turn to me and be gracious to me,
and forgive all my sins.” (Psalm 25:11, 16, 18)
The God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5: 10-11)