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Prayer: Sunday September 3, 2017

Fairest Lord Jesus,
Ruler of all nature,
Lord of the nations…

We humbly bow before You and give You honor, praise and glory for the glimpse You have given us of Your blessing seeping through the broken shards of life left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. In a nation of social, racial, and political division, You are bringing us together. In a nation swirling with hateful rhetoric, street violence, and rage, You have demonstrated through ordinary people the difference that caring compassion for others makes, regardless of who they are. In a nation that seems to pride itself on power, prosperity and self-sufficiency, You are drawing us to our knees.

@fortworthpd Aug 30 Off to #Houston to assist @houstonpolice with #HurricaneHarvey recovery.

Our tears continue to flow without end as we grieve over the human misery on the Gulf Coast—the sheer scope of devastation and loss is incomprehensible. Yet at the same time, hope is breaking through like the sun’s rays piercing through the black storm clouds!  Our President has called for prayer!  The Texas Governor has called for prayer!  Can it be that our nation is waking up to our need of You?  Could it be that the winds of a hurricane would begin to turn this Ship of State around? God of mercy, please let it be so!

On this day, September 3rd, which has been designated for prayer by President Trump and Governor Abbott, we humbly look to You.  You are our God. You have said in Your Word that the nation whose God is the Lord is blessed.[1]  So we boldly ask for…and claim…Your blessing on America. You have said in Your Word that if we don’t just give lip-service to confession of sin, but truly turn away from it and return to You, that You will return to us.[2] We turn.  We return. We run to You! And beg You to return to us. You have said in Your Word that where Your Spirit is in authority, there is freedom.[3] So we give You authority over this nation and ask You to keep us free. You have said in Your Word that righteousness exalts a nation.[4] So we plead with You. Stir us up to desire what is best, true, right, and good.  Expose wickedness and evil, lies and deception for what they are, then give us courage to remove them. Raise up righteousness and goodness, justice and truth so that they become our standard. You have said in Your Word that if anyone asks for wisdom, You will give it generously.[5] On behalf of our leaders, we plead for an outpouring of Your wisdom and a selfless desire to apply it as they work for the common good. You have said in Your Word that You are our Rock. Our Shield. Our Stronghold. Our Refuge.[6]  As we look to You, we hide in You. During this time of turmoil and trouble, protect us from enemies within and without.

We now bring to You all those who today feel truly hopeless. Helpless. Be near to them. Whisper Your love to their hearts…Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.[7] Then grant them the peace that passes all understanding.[8] Peace that comes with the confidence that You see. You know. You understand. You care. You will help. Because You said so!

In the strong name of Heaven’s Rescuer…Jesus,


Please pray with us and post your prayer below in comments.

[1] Psalm 33:12

[2] Joel 2:12-14

[3] 2 Corinthians 3:17

[4] Proverbs 14:34

[5] James 1:5

[6] 2 Samuel 22:3

[7] Isaiah 41:10

[8] Philippians 4:7

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