May 27, 2007
A Prayer for the World
“They lifted their voices to God with one accord…” –Acts 4:24

Almighty God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Together with believers all over the world,
we gather today to honor and glorify Your Name.
We bow before Your throne
and acknowledge that You are the Creator of heaven and earth.
There is no one like You, holy and righteous in all Your ways.
We submit to Your authority as the King of the universe.
We pray with one voice to enthrone You in our hearts
and to honor You before the world.

Congregation: Lord God, You alone are worthy
of our praise and adoration. We worship You.

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Our Father in heaven,
Thank You for loving the world so greatly
that You gave Your only Son, Jesus Christ,
to die on the cross for our sins,
so that we could be reconciled to You.
We are grateful to call You Father and to be called Your children
because of our faith in Jesus Christ our Savior.
Nothing can separate us from Your love.

Congregation: Thank You Father for adopting us
into Your family. We now cry, Abba Father!

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Lord Jesus Christ,
You alone are worthy to open the scrolls of history,
for You were slain and have redeemed us to the Father by Your blood.
We confess that You are Head of the Church
and Lord of all heaven and earth.
May people from every tribe and language become Your followers.
Let Your kingdom be established in every nation of the world,
so that governments will rule with righteousness and justice.
May Your gospel be made known to every person.
May Your blessing bring transformation among every people.
And may Your Name be great, from the rising of the sun to its setting.

Congregation: Jesus Christ, You are the Savior of the world and the Lord of all.

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Father of mercy and grace,
We acknowledge that we have sinned
and that our world is gripped by the power of sin.
Our hearts are grieved by injustice, hatred, anger and violence.
We are shamed by oppression, racism and bloodshed in our land.
We mourn the loss of innocent life
in abortion, war and terrorism, persecution and senseless murders.
Our homes are broken by selfishness and immorality.
Our lives are polluted by greed, idolatry and sexual sin.
Our churches are divided by rebellious pride.
All the sins that we may find in our world,
You have found among Your people.
We have grieved Your heart and brought shame to Your Name.
We approach Your throne of grace in this hour of need.
We ask for Your mercy and Your help to repent with all our hearts.

Congregation: God of mercy, pour out Your grace.
Forgive our sins. Heal our land.

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Spirit of the living God,
We confess that we can do nothing apart from You.
Be poured out upon all flesh.
Transform the Church into the image of Jesus Christ.
Release Your power to bring healing to the sick,
freedom to the possessed, comfort to those who mourn
and release for those who are oppressed.
Come and melt the hearts of people to love again.
Answer the call of the homeless, the hungry, the helpless and the dying.
Enfold orphans, widows and the elderly in Your arms.
Display Your mercy and provide for our needs.
Give us wisdom and insight for the complex problems we face today.
Help us to use the resources of the earth for the well-being of all.
Pour Your love into our hearts and fill us with compassion.

Congregation: Holy Spirit, we need Your comfort and guidance. Come and transform our hearts.

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Lord Jesus Christ,
Because You were dead, but are now risen;
and because the Father has given You a name above all names,
You will defeat all powers of evil.
We pray for the tearing down of strongholds and ideologies
that hinder and resist the spreading of the knowledge of God.
We resist the plan of the enemy to keep nations in darkness.
Remove the veil that covers the peoples.
Restrain the evil that promotes violence and death.
Bring deliverance from demonic oppression.
Break the hold of slavery, tyranny and disease.
Fill us with courage to preach Your word fearlessly;
and give us a spirit of intercession to pray for the lost faithfully.

Congregation: Almighty God, deliver us from evil and
the Evil One.

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King of Glory,
Come to the nations of the world.
We welcome You to finish Your work in our cities,
our peoples and our nations.
We now lift our voices in unison with believers from Africa and Asia,
from the Middle East and Europe, from North and South America,
and from Australia and the Pacific Islands – together we cry:

Congregation: Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Be lifted up ancient doors
so that the King of glory may come in!

As Your deeds increase throughout the earth,
and as Your blessings abound to all the nations,
they will seek You, asking, “Who is this King of glory?”
Together we will answer:

Congregation: He is the Lord Almighty! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

Come fill the earth with Your glory as the waters cover the sea.
The Spirit and the Bride say:

Congregation: Amen! Come Lord Jesus!

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“What you'll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world . . . They agreed they were in this for good, completely together in prayer . . . When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force--no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.”

Acts 1:8, 14, 2:1-4
The Message

…and the Gospel spread.


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