A Prayer for the Nation and the Mission

O God eternal and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Sovereign Creator, May You, the One who sits in the Heaven, Master of all You survey, who laughs at the vain schemes and devices of the wicked, frustrate their designs on the right and the left and turn their malicious intentions back on themselves; May you, Supreme Ruler of all in Heaven above and on earth below, restrain the wicked powers now openly afoot in places high and low;

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May you, the invisible Architect of the universe and the course of human history bend the non-compliant spirits of both the mighty and the mean, despite themselves, to accomplish Your hidden ends; May Your all-empowering Spirit, who indwells Your people, steel our courage to face this alien world in the confidence of the truth, whatever You may allow to come against us May Your Spirit of grace steel our hearts to thwart this onrushing tide of godlessness and demonic influences now emerging on every side; May your Spirit of holiness purge the dross in our churches, awaken the sleeping and move the remnant to honest repentance for our lax and often too Laodicean ways; May the Spirit of Christ stir up our resolve in these darkening days to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God; May Your all-knowing Spirit expose hypocrites hiding in our ranks who work among us with the hands of Esau while speaking with the deceptive voice of Jacob; May you, the Lord of armies, drop a hard and heavy hand on those who “call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” May you, O God our Helper, be pleased in your mercy to hinder the malice of the Evil One and his human agents and instruments so that your servants may find sufficient space and peace for sowing the Word that the truth may flourish in the land; May you, O God of truth and all wisdom, keep us, Your holy people, from succumbing to fear and panic and scandalizing the Name of Christ by fighting folly with more folly and resisting evil with more evil. May you, God of truth, sift us, chasten us, and change us so that at His appearing we may shine forth in white garments of truth, holiness and faithfulness, deemed worthy by Your grace to enter as your royal family, into the glory of the eternal Kingdom of Christ, our Savior and Lord. And may we meanwhile through the support and guidance of Your Spirit working through Your infallible Word, stand forth, safely grounded on the Rock of Christ, immoveable, unshaken, as light in the world and the salt of the earth. In the Name of Jesus, the Name above all names, we pray.
Jim Andrews
Senior Pastor