The following prayer was lifted up by Rick Warner (one of the Elder’s at the GCC@B) as we opened up our corporate worship service on September 11th, 2016. May each of us continue to pray accordingly.
“Father, this morning we are thankful that we can call you “Our Father.” We are reminded that you are also the Great I AM, who knows the end from the beginning. You are the Lord of All, who made the stars in the heavens and even now feeds the sparrow and clothes the Lily of the field. You are all knowing, all powerful, always present, eternal, and you demonstrated your love for us, that while we were yet sinners, you sent your son, Jesus Christ to die for us on the cross of Calvary. We know that you have redeemed us for Your Glory and our Eternal Good.
Even with this knowledge, so much of what we see, feel, and experience remains a mystery to us and we are without answers. As we pause this morning to reflect on the date of that terrible attack on our nation fifteen years ago, we ask for your comfort for our fellow Americans who lost family members and whose lives were torn apart in many other ways. We give thanks for your men and women in uniform who protect our lives around the world in order to prevent the death and destruction on our soil that is present daily in the lives of millions of others, including our brothers and sisters in Christ in places like Syria. We pray for our political leaders who must make grave decisions concerning the health and security of our nation and its people decisions that send our military into areas of conflict and commit our country to battles in far away places.
Father, as we live during this time of great social change and cultural upheaval, help us to see that as your children, our greatest enemy is not in far away places, or with different ideologies or different color skin, but the forces that daily shape us and pull us away from you and your perfect law. We are not just prone to wander, but we are systematically being transformed by the world around us, rather than being transformed by your Word through your Spirit.
Lord, help us to see the beauty of your Church, and the necessity of this covenant family over and above the shiny distractions surrounding us, and the ever-growing consumer choice mentality, which has defined the American Church of our generation. Forgive us of our lukewarm devotion to Christ and one another and strengthen us for the difficult days ahead as our nation abandons the very principles that shaped its founding. Most importantly Father, let us be confident in your Gospel no matter how dark the times and let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to You, our God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.”