by Micah Downs
A regular part of the liturgy in our weekly worship gathering is the People's Prayer. Having confessed our sins, and having met that confession with the announcement of the good news of forgiveness and absolution in Christ, we hear our Savior’s words in the gospel of Matthew:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
It is with grateful hearts, that we go every week to the Father, Son and Spirit to intercede on behalf of our church, neighbors, town and world. These are those prayers, written by men and women who are Covenant Partners at RCC.
We come to you tonight expectant. Expectant that you’d show us your glory through Christ. As we hear tonight from your word about our oneness with Christ, or our union with Jesus, we rely on you for faith that all things really are ours in Christ Jesus. We are therefore united to our brothers and sisters in Christ that we are sitting beside and worshipping with. We worship with singing because of the life of Christ in us, who brings us real satisfaction. So we pray that Christ in us would produce peace, hope and love. And that Christ in us would initiate repentance and the hatred of our sin.
By faith make us bold and confident to know that not only is Christ in us, but we are also in Christ, and so the sin we repent of is forgiven. Completely absorbed by your Son on the cross, and defeated when he was raised. And so the love that you have for Christ we share in as well.
Lord we will need such faith, and Christ in us for the boldness and passion that’s required to be on mission in our lives. We pray also for the gospel to be taken by those here tonight to the neighborhoods we live in, as well as to the nations where so many millions of people do not know or even have access to hearing the gospel of Jesus.
May Christ in us help disciple, train, send and support someone or a family in this room to take the gospel to a country or place where You, their creator, has never been claimed and there is no church. Give us discontentment for Christ’s glory not being known and loved throughout the world, and take away our apathy that leads to a cross-less life.
We pray the same for the Well Community Church in Silver Spring as Matt Klinger and their other leaders shepherd your flock there. Protect them from sin from both within the church and from the outside. Lead them into deeper truth of your word and into deeper love with you and each other. Give them a passion for Christ being known and shared in Silver Spring, as well as the desire and funds for them to support and send missionaries to plant churches in nations where Christ is not worshiped or proclaimed.
We pray for our covenant partners Kevin and Rachel Gammell. Thank you for their partnership and commitment to you and our church. Lord, guide them both as they seek a plan for Rachel’s career goals and future. Thank you for her creativity and talents, and we ask that she’d be able to serve you and others with them. We also pray that Kevin would reflect Christ to his students as an image bearer. Give him the power that comes from the Holy Spirit in him to not be discouraged or cynical. We pray for their family members health. We ask that sickness wouldn’t be without the hope of You and the power of Christ’s resurrection. We join the Gammels in thanking you for our church here that will lead them to holiness and the worship of Jesus.
And we pray for ourselves here as Paul did for the Philippians, that our love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that we may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
In Christ’s name, Amen