Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. . .in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:3,14)
“There must be the inward worship within the shrine if there is to be outward service.” - Alexander MacLaren
Congregational Bible Prayer
A Prayer from Psalm 25
“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.”
Bible Prayer Story
The Two Debtors - Luke 7:36-50
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:
Namibia (President Geingob)
Lord, Namibians achieved independence in 1990 after a bush war of almost 25 years. Inter-racial reconciliation encouraged the country's white citizens to remain and they still play a major role in farming and other economic sectors. Let this kind of reconciliation grow and multiply across all nations, pointing others to the greatest kind of reconciliation secured for us in Christ.
Niger (President Issoufou)
Holy Spirit, Niger is rated by the UN as one of the world's least-developed nations. Today the country struggles in the face of frequent droughts, insurgency and wide-spread poverty, and basic rights issues, such as slavery - which was only banned in 2003 and still remains a problem - and a high rate of illiteracy and disease, remain stubborn challenges. Use your church to heal this land and lead this nation forward in a way that models your mercy and justice.
Nigeria (President Buhari)
Jesus, the Nigerian government faces the growing challenge of preventing Africa's most populous country from breaking apart along ethnic and religious lines. Thousands of people have died over the past few years in attacks led by jihadists in the north-east, and the imposition of Islamic law in several northern states has embedded divisions and caused thousands of Christians to flee. Call and equip Christians to go where so many are fleeing from for the sake of the gospel, and supply the needs of your church here to withstand persecution and opposition.
Rwanda (President Kagame)
Father, Rwanda is still trying to recover from the ethnic strife that culminated in government-sponsored genocide in the mid-1990s which resulte in an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus being killed by dominant Hutu forces in 100 days. Break the hearts of those who are filled with hate for one another over the lack of regard for their fellow man, made in your image, and allow your love and reconciliation to spur revival here.
São Tomé and Príncipe (President Carvalho)
Lord, from the late 1400s Portugal began settling convicts on Sao Tome and establishing sugar plantations with the help of slaves from the mainland, which paved the way for the island to play an important role in the transshipment of slaves. We pray that you would redeem these islands from their dark past, and establish them as an important hub for the transshipment of the gospel to all nations.
Senegal (President Sall)
Holy Spirit, slaves were exported from the coast during the 17th and 18th centuries, but since then the western African nation of Senegal has established a tradition of stable governments and civilian rule. The country's stability has allowed it to send peacekeeping troops to DR Congo, Liberia and Kosovo. We praise you for this transformation from darkness to light. Continue this work of redemption and use Senegal as a light among the nations, especially to their neighbors still burdened by the sins of the past.
Seychelles (President Faure)
Jesus, after an ominous, post-independence start which included a coup, an invasion by mercenaries, an abortive army mutiny and several coup attempts, the Seychelles have attained stability and prosperity. Thank you for the stability afforded to this nation, a rarity among its fellow African countries. We pray that you would use the influence of political and economic leaders who often vacation here to create platforms for lasting gospel impact and humanitarian aid among neighboring African nations.
Sierra Leone (President Maada Bio)
Father, Sierra Leone has a special significance in the history of the transatlantic slave trade as the departure point for thousands of west African captives. The country's modern history has been overshadowed by a brutal civil war that ended in 2002, perpetuated by the trade in illicit gems known as "blood diamonds" for their role in funding conflicts. Heal this land from its painful past and present, and reveal yourself as the only source of redemption from the brokenness and sin-nature of mankind that has plagued this nation.
Somalia (President Abdullahi)
Lord, Somalia has struggled to rebound from its collapse into anarchy following the overthrow of the previous military regime in 1991. For the next decade, rival warlords tore the country apart into clan-based fiefdoms. Since 2012, Somalia has been inching towards stability, but the new authorities still face a challenge from Al-Qaeda-aligned insurgents. Supply this nation with the peace it so desperately needs, and reveal yourself as the greatest source of comfort and as being sovereign over circumstances as you did for Job amid his time of need.
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
“Rejoice that your names are written in heaven!” (Luke 10:20)
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)
Leader: Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow - all the days of our lives.
All: And we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6)