Dearest Lord, today we praise You and thank You for giving us Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. You alone are the source of all that is so good, and by raising Jesus from death, You have given us new life and a hope that lives on forever. Lord God, we thank You and praise You because we know You have something stored up for us in heaven, A place where we will have life that will never decay or be ruined or disappear. You have chosen us as Your people and by Your Spirit you have made us a holy people, marked by Your love and the life, death and resurrection of Your Son Jesus.
Dearest Lord, we ask that You will keep on giving us Your peace. Strengthen our faith. Protect us with Your power so that we can rejoice even when we suffer trials. Lord, even though it is difficult, help us rejoice in our trials and help us see how our faith can be strengthened and purified like gold in a fire. Help us in our own unbelief – in those times where we cannot feel Your Spirit or rest in Your Presense or rejoice in our trials. Help us believe in You, even though we have never seen You or Your Son Jesus. Help us love Him and have faith in Him and be glad in our faith. We have pitched our tent in the land of hope and You have shown us the way and set our feet on the life-path with Your face shining sun-joy all around.
Protect us Lord, when we run to You for safety – You are alone are our Lord and every good thing we have is a precious gift from You. We thank You for Your people – the faithful who have gone on before us, the faithful who worship here today with us, for the encouragers among us and for the body of believers worldwide. You Lord, are all we want. We pray especially for those who are not here today. For the sick, the suffering, those who have felt despair, those in the depths of depression, those with cancer, those imprisoned in spirit or in flesh, for the dying and the mourning. Lord, you know the things that lay heavy on our hearts. Help find meaning in trials and help us believe even in the midst of our unbelief. Let Your will be done among Your faithful. These things we pray in the name of Your Resurrected Son Jesus, who taught us to pray, saying……Our Father…..