A Prayer for Perseverence and Hope

A Prayer for Perseverence and Hope

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. “

Join us in praying this corporate Prayer for Perseverence and Hope from GenesisPrays.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the beauty of the world you created.   Throughout this spring we have enjoyed watching the trees grow leaves, listening to the singing birds, and admiring the colorful flowers.   Your works are magnificent.  There is no one like you Lord.

We thank you for our Genesis pastors, staff, teachers, musicians, and others who work diligently every week to provide new and innovative ways to worship and learn about you.  Thank you for giving them creativity on how to reach others for your kingdom using online technologies.   Changes and new beginning are sometimes hard for us.

Thank you for the team working on timing and approach to safely re-open our church doors for corporate worship.   Please give them wisdom and discernment as they discuss difficult topics.  We are grateful for the leaders of Vision 2030 and ask for your continued guidance as our church body plans for the long-term future.   We rejoice on the recent graduation of our high school and college students and pray that your Spirit direct their steps into the next season of their lives.

God of healing,

We come together before you in this time of pandemic and social unrest to ask for healing of the nations.   Provide wisdom, understanding, and guidance to world, federal, state, and local leaders.   Be present with police officers and protesters.   Bring unity so that all work together for the common good.  Keep us mindful of how small this world is, how interrelated our lives have become, and how fragile health, security, and peace is.

Forgive us, Lord, for our failure to view others as you do, our resistance to change, and our inertia to act.  Help us get our eyes off ourselves, our fears, and our tribulations.  Show us your will, Lord, in ways great and small, so that we can make a difference in the lives of others.   Give us the grace to share the love and comfort of Christ with all those who long for his healing touch in a world challenged by coronavirus and social injustice.

Almighty God,

You are our Rock and our Fortress, our Strong Defender, the giver of wisdom.   Strengthen and protect all front-line workers.   Bring knowledge and insight to scientists working on a COVID-19 cure or a vaccine.   Give parents, grand-parents, counselors, and ministers the right words to say to children and adults trying to process current events.  Help us to overcome day to day struggles with loneliness, information overflow, loss of contact with loved ones, event and schedule changes, as well as the myriad of tasks that can overwhelm us.

God of salvation,

We look forward to the new heaven and the new earth when sorrow and suffering have gone away.  We stand strong together through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing your grace is enough to enable us to persevere in these times.  We rejoice in the hope you have given us and the love you have poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.  Guide us by your Spirit, that we might reflect the glory of your Son.  Your kingdom, O Lord, endures forever.

In Jesus Christ’s name we pray, amen.

14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. (ESV)