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67 Orange Street
St. Augustine, FL, 32084
United States

(904) 615-6473

enjoying and embodying the Gospel for the glory God and the good of St. Augustine

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Prayer Guides

His Ways are not Our Ways (week 38)

Luke Brodersen

Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.

Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 55: 8)

“When your perceptions tell you something different that God’s promises, always trust His promises over your perceptions.” - Jon Bloom

Congregational Bible Prayer (recite as a congregation)

A Prayer from Psalm 113

“Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!

The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high?

He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes.
He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!”

Bible Prayer Story

Moses and the Burning Bush - Exodus 3: 1 - 4: 17

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Prayer for the Nations

Father, we pray for your Church and the 1,433,783,686 people of China (over 4x more than that of the USA) spread out across 34 different Provinces, Autonomous Regions, and Municipalities. You are the Lord of the Harvest, and we trust the salvation of those who have not yet heard of you or looked to you is in your hands; however, we know that this work is ours to share in, so we ask that our prayers, our support of foreign missions, and our own actions to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28: 19) would be fruitful so that it may be in China as it is in Heaven. To this end, we pray for the nations and people of:

Qinghai Province (Secretary Wang Jianjun)  
Population: 5,626,722 (0.76% Christian)
Lord, we praise you for the rapid gospel growth among this province, and we pray that Qinghai Christians would gain passion and vision to reach the unevangelized peoples that are their neighbors.  

Sichuan Province (Secretary Peng Qinghua)  
Population: 81,100,000 (0.68% Christian)
Holy Spirit, we pray for a spiritual breakthrough among the Sichuan people, so that many may come to know you. 

Shandong Province (Secretary Liu Jiayi)  
Population: 99,470,000 (1.21% Christian)
Jesus, we pray that Shangdong’s people would be freed from social and cultural demands and constraints that hinder many from a commitment to Christ.

Shanghai Municipality (Secretary Li Qiang)  
Population: 24,237,800 (2.60% Christian)
Father, we pray that you would use Shanghai’s wealth and resources for redemptive purposes, and reinvent this city as a gospel lighthouse for all those who come to this large and influential city. 

Shaanxi Province (Secretary Hu Heping)  
Population: 37,327,378 (1.57% Christian)
Lord, we pray for effective student ministry for the over 1 million students in this province, and also for effective integration of these students into churches so that they may remain rooted in gospel community beyond graduation.

Shanxi Province (Secretary Luo Huining)  
Population: 36,500,000 (2.17% Christian)
Holy Spirit, we pray that you would protect and grow the Shanxi church, which faces great persecution from the Chinese government. 

Tianjin Municipality (Secretary Li Hongzhong)  
Population: 15,621,200 (1.51% Christian)
Jesus, we pray that you would ease governmental restriction to allow for church growth in Tianjin and raise up a generation of faithful church leaders in this city. 

Taiwan Province (President Tsai Ing-wen)  
Population: 23,580,000 (3.90% Christian)
Father, we pray that the independence from Communist Chinese rule would allow free course for the gospel in Taiwan, which would open doors for the gospel to spread across the rest of China.

Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Secretary Chen Quanguo)  
Population: 21,815,815 (1.00% Christian)
Lord, we pray for faithful Christians who will help to train Xinjiang Christians to live out their faith and make disciples.

Tibet Autonomous Region (Secretary Wu Yingjie)  
Population: 3,180,000 (0.02% Christian)
Holy Spirit, we pray that you would send and raise up faithful Christ-followers committed to reaching this region for Christ.

Yunnan Province (Secretary Chen Hao)  
Population: 45,966,239 (1.30% Christian)
Jesus, we pray that you would raise up and train Christian missionaries to reach the indigenous ethnic minorities of the Yunnan province.

Zhejiang Province (Secretary Che Jun)  
Population: 57,370,000 (2.62% Christian)
Father, we praise you for the continued and sustained growth of Catholic and house churches in Zhejiang and pray that this growth would spread to the neighboring provinces and regions.

Congregational Personal Prayers

Father, we pray for our Coquina church family, asking that by your grace “the sharing of [their] faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.” (Philemon 1: 6)

Command of Christ

“No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Luke 16: 13)

Confession for Forgiveness

“Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us.”
(Psalm 79: 8)


“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3: 20-21)