Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55: 22)
“No matter how troubled, how unsettled, how fickle, how disoriented, or how despondent, Jesus can handle your ailing heart.” - David Mathis
Congregational Bible Prayer (recite as a congregation)
A Prayer from Psalm 138
“I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name
for your steadfast love and your faithfulness.
On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,
but the proud he knows from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life; and your right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.”
Bible Prayer Story
Abraham Intercedes for Sodom - Genesis 18: 20-32
Prayer for the Nations
Father, we pray for your Church and the peoples of Asia and the Middle East, that by your grace they may “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which [they] have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4: 1-3) To this end, we pray for the nations and people of:
Afghanistan (President Ghani)
The Taliban, who imposed strict Islamic rule following a devastating civil war, were ousted by a US-led invasion in 2001 but have recently been making a comeback.
Lord, usher in peace to this persecuted and war torn nation, and protect your church from Islamic militants who seek to eradicate them. We pray that you would use persecution to grow and spread your church as you did with the early church of Acts.
Armenia (Prime Minister Pashinyan)
After independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Armenia quickly became drawn into a bloody conflict with Azerbaijan over the mainly Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh region..
Holy Spirit, we pray for political stability in Armenia which would bring an end to conflict. Grant political leaders wisdom, and multiply your church in this nation, home to one of the earliest Christian civilizations.
Azerbaijan (President Aliyev)
Despite its wealth and increased influence in the wider region, poverty and corruption continue to overshadow the country's development. A government crackdown on human rights advocates and journalists has raised concern that Azerbaijan's democracy is under threat.
Jesus, we pray that you would be near to those in distress. Use your church to boldly promote justice and care for the poor and needy among them, and use these actions of love to melt the hearts of those in power so that they may eradicate the corruption that is present.
Bahrain (King Hamad)
The Muslim country is ruled by a Sunni king, whose family holds the main political and military posts. The divide between the Shia majority and the Sunni rulers has led to long-running tension in the kingdom, which has sporadically boiled over into civil disobedience.
Father, we pray for unity in Bahrain. May Sunni and Shia Muslims each see their need for you, and may your love spur them to love one another and serve one another in humility.
Bangladesh (President Hamid)
After violently separating from Pakistan in 1971, Bangladesh spent 15 years under military rule, and although democracy was restored in 1990, the political scene remains volatile. Islamic extremism has also been rising in the traditionally tolerant country.
Lord, we pray for political stability and peace. Let tolerance give way to a recognition of the gospel, and let the gospel permeate this culture and give Bangladesh a new identity rooted in Christ’s love and grace.
Bhutan (King Wangchuck)
Almost completely cut off for centuries, Bhutan has tried to let in some aspects of the outside world while fiercely guarding its ancient traditions.
Holy Spirit, we pray that you would open up access for the gospel in Bhutan, and provide resources and means for Christian workers to settle down among the Bhutanese, learn the culture, and share the gospel message in word and deed, sparking a revival.
Brunei (Sultan Bolkiah)
In 2014 Brunei became the first East Asian country to adopt strict Islamic Sharia law which allows punishment such as stoning for adultery and amputation for theft.
Jesus, open the eyes of Brunei to the sinfulness of their hearts which can only be addressed by the gospel, not by Sharia law. We pray that you would deconstruct the strict religious regulations of Brunei, as you did with the Pharisees, and show them a system of cleansing so much better secured for us in Christ as our Great High Priest.
Cambodia (King Sihamoni)
Painful memories still endure of the radical communist Khmer Rouge's time in power under the leadership of Pol Pot between 1975 and 1978, when two million people died in the regime's brutal pursuit of a rural utopia. Corruption is deep-rooted and Cambodia is still one of the world's poorest countries, with most of the workforce still employed in subsistence farming.
Father, we praise you for the relative stability Cambodia has experienced in recent years, but we ask that you would heal the scars that history has left on this nation, and eradicate the corruption that persists here.
China (President Mnangagwa)
China is the world's most populous country. It has a continuous culture stretching back nearly 4,000 years and originated many of the foundations of the modern world.
Lord, we praise you for the revival happening within the underground church in China, the world’s most populous nation. We pray for protection from oppression and authorities over your church, and we pray that your gospel would continue to win the hearts of the many who are searching for you. “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9: 37-38)
Congregational Personal Prayers
Father, we pray over the commissioning of The Saltwater Collective, asking that by your grace you would use the members of this body to “with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15: 6). We pray over the children and families that will come into the fold of TSW, that you would make your gospel known clearly among them; we pray over the facilities that will be used, that you would place your protection and blessings over them; and we pray for the hearts, hands, and minds that will work directly to support and sustain this ministry, that you would grant them endurance and joy in striving to see it be in St. Augustine as it is in Heaven.
Command of Christ
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11: 13)
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)
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1: 24-25)