A Pastoral Prayer

On occasion, and as time allows, I’d like to share the pastoral prayers from the Grace Community Church pulpit. The hope is that others might be encouraged to be intentional and Biblical in praying over and for the church of Jesus Christ. The following prayer is from Sunday morning, August 1, 2021.


Oh, the depth of Your riches and wisdom and knowledge oh God! How unsearchable are Your judgments and how inscrutable Your ways! (Romans 11:33)

What shall we give to You for all Your benefits to us? (Psalm 116:12)

Who has first given to You, that You should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Yours. (Job 41:11)

Father, we’re not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that You have shown to us. (Genesis 32:10)

As Your people, we rejoice as we’re reminded this morning of all the “nevers” in Your word…

Your steadfast love never ceases; Your mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentation 3:22)

Those who look to You are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. (Psalm 34:5)

You will never permit Your people to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)

You have set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed (Daniel 2:44)

Whoever comes to Your Son will never hunger, and whoever believes in Him will never thirst. (John 6:35)

All that You give to Your Son will come to Him, and whoever comes to Him He will never be cast out. (John 6:37)

Your Son gives us eternal life and we will never perish. (John 10:28)

You’re the God who never lies. (Titus 1:2)

You will never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)

The four living creatures around Your throne, day and night, never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8)

And those who keep Your word will never see death. (John 8:51)

And it’s to Your word that we turn our eyes this morning.

Some of us come ruined and in need of restoration…

Some of us come in bondage and in need of liberation…

Some, no doubt, come dead in their sins in need of eternal life…

Some of us come frozen and calloused in need of a burning heart and a tender conscience…

Others come confused and downcast in need of clarity and joy…

Some come in unbelief and doubt and in need of assurance that they belong to You…

Some come with what seems to be an unrelenting apathy and spiritual numbness and in need of renewed zeal and passion for Your glory…

And yet there are some who, by Your grace, come strong and in need of greater strength and greater zeal and a deeper knowledge of Your love…

And when we consider the abundance and the variety of need in this place, we can almost be driven to despair until we remember that You have given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Your Son Jesus… (2 Peter 1:3)

The Word who became flesh…

The Yes and Amen to all of Your promises…

The radiance of Your glory…

The exact imprint of Your nature…

The one who, even this very moment, upholds the entire universe by the word of His power…

The one who, after making purification for our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…

To give eternal life to all whom You have given Him…

And to give repentance to sinners and forgiveness of sins…

Where would we be, and what would be, without this Good and Gracious Shepherd?

We thank You and praise You for sending Him…

To live for us…

To die for us…

To rise for us…

To ascend for us…

And to intercede for us…

As we anticipate, more than ever, the Day He returns for us…

Until then, let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but may we encourage one another as His church, and all the more as we see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24–25)

Teach us to exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of us are hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

We pray that, as Your church, we would increase and abound in love for one another. (1 Thessalonians 3:12)

According to Your own promise, cause us to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1–3)

Give us life according to Your word! (Psalm 119:25)

Strengthen us according to Your word! (Psalm 119:28)

Give us understanding according to Your word! (Psalm 119:169)

And continue to deliver us according to Your word. (Psalm 119:170)

We come like Mary this morning, to sit at the feet of Christ and to listen to His teaching. (Luke 10:39)

At the same time, we come with **the same heart of worship **that she had when she came to Your Son with that alabaster flask of costly ointment and broke it upon His head and feet as an expression of love and thankfulness. (John 12:1-7)

We come like Zacchaeus to behold Your Son with the eyes of faith. (Luke 19:3)

We come like David to gaze upon Your beauty and to inquire in Your temple. (Psalm 27:4)

We come like Thomas to worship the Risen Christ and to say, “My Lord and My God!” (John 20:28)

And we come before the table of Your word, like Solomon’s friends, to eat and drink and be drunk with love. (Song 5:1)

Father, by the Holy Spirit, equip us with everything good that we may do and delight in Your will, and work in us that which is well pleasing in Your sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:21)