A Textbook Pastoral Prayer

Tim Challies | 12/8/2019 | Staff
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A couple of Sundays ago, Paul Martin prayed a pastoral prayer at Grace Fellowship Church that I think stands as a textbook example of how a pastor can pray for his people when they gather to worship. If the pastoral prayer is the time for the pastor to intercede before God on behalf of his church, I believe he did so in an especially powerful and effective way that Sunday. Please read and benefit from it.

God of Adam, God of Abraham, God of Israel, God of Grace Fellowship Church.

People - Grace - Salvation - Mercy - Character

You have always had your people, because you are full of grace and salvation and mercy and love. Everything about you is good. You have no character faults, no weaknesses and no inconsistencies. You are all that is beautiful, all in one, all of the time.

You came to Israel’s temple in a cloud—for sinful people cannot see you and live. You came to Moses in the fire—for sinful people cannot see you and live. You came to Ezekiel in the strange vision—for sinful people cannot see you and live. You came to us in Christ—so sinful people could see you and live.

O - Jesus - Children - Battlefield - Fear

O Jesus, you are so good and faithful to us. We feel like children on the battlefield: so quick to run away and cower in fear. But you never leave us or shame us or reject us or scowl at us. How can you be so loving toward us when we have been so fickle toward you? There is no way to account for your faithfulness to us other than love. You love your people.

Who are we to be the objects of your love? What have we done to deserve it? I can only think of things we have done to not deserve it! But you will have none of that,...
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