May 2, 2024, National Day of Prayer at Madison, CT

Prayer for the Church

Pastor Greg Scalzo

 

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we praise You and thank You for Your goodness to us in the great salvation You have provided in Your Son, Christ Jesus. And You have given us great security and the solid rock for our faith in the truth and promises of Your Holy Word, the Scriptures. Father God, anoint now Your church, the assembly of believers in Jesus who are in this land and around this world, to be the people we should be葉o shine forth the light of the gospel and bring the knowledge of the only solution for mankind葉he Way, the Truth, and the Life of Messiah Jesus葉o those You have put in our paths and to those You have sent us out to reach.

Father, You know the difficulties we face in doing this in our current society. You know the darkness that is trying with a vengeance to put out the light葉he only light that truly sets men and women free. So Father, You know how inadequate we are for the task. Therefore, we pray, as the disciples did in Acts Chapter 4 when they were faced with the threat of persecution and silencing, that You would shower your church with the Holy Spirit; that You would stretch out Your hand to heal and that signs and wonders would be done in the name of Jesus; and that You would grant Your believers the ability to speak Your Word with all boldness.

Almighty God, You have called the church to be the salt of the earth, the city set on a hill that cannot be hidden, the light of the world shining forth the One who is the everlasting light, Jesus Christ our Lord. Let our light so shine before men, that they may see the good results of our faith and glorify You, our Father in heaven. Provide us, we pray, with the grace to powerfully worship and walk in that light葉o walk as Jesus walked謡ith our paths clearly lit by the lamp of Your Word, the Bible. And help believers to teach Your Word to the next generation that is so lost and so starved for knowledge of You葉hat we would instruct them in the paths of righteousness for Your name's sake, while there is yet time.

And O God, give those in the church the courage to shine the light of Your wisdom and shepherd in Your perfect will to each and every situation our land faces, that we would again be a blessed and holy people, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, Your own special people proclaiming Your praises O God雄ou who created the heavens and the earth and who, in Christ, called us out of darkness and into Your marvelous light. As disciples of the Lord Jesus, and in His name we pray this day for a powerful, holy, wise and Holy Spirit anointed church. Amen.