Sunday, October 18, 2015

Prayer for the Church

Father and maker of the universe,
We've wanted this world's wealth,
Wandered into this world's ways,
Forgotten the future,
Lived for the moment,
Lived for our flesh and ourselves.

Give us repentance.
Give us true death to ourselves,
The death that shows life--
True life that's from you.

Build up your church--
Not for our glory,
Not for our wealth,
Not for our comfort.

Yet we do seek glory and wealth and comfort
Ahead in your kingdom
Both for ourselves and for millions of others.

Speak truth through us.
Speak life through us.
Though we may die in the cause,
Speak your eternal fresh words.
Speak and bring life to the dead
Who are slaves of bright lies
That give but a prison of pleasure
With pain that continues
When pleasure has died.

Pour out your Spirit again.
Use your strong word
To shatter the rock,
To kill unbelief
In heart after heart,
Expanding Christ's body on earth.

All this we're asking through his holy merit.
Use us or kill us or both.
Give us no more and no less than we need
To accomplish the things you've prepared,
Good works that you'll work out through us
And through millions who serve you this day.

Yours is the glory.
Yours is the praise
Through billions of days.

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. (Jesus, in Matthew 16:18 NET)

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