We ask God that You pour out Your mercy. Pour out Your grace. Pour out the rain. Help Your church Lord. Help Your people.
God, we are called to be strangers and pilgrims in this land. Our identification is in Heaven. God, we live in America, we live in the USA. We ask God, help us to be the light in this place. Help us to be the salt. Help us to not be changed with every wind of doctrine and ideology and instead stand fast on Your truth and on Your Word. Help us to speak that truth, in love. Not anger, but in love without compromise.
We pray for our nation. God, more importantly, we pray for the thing that will change this nation… The one entity that is in this world that can change everything and it is the church of the Living God!
We are part of that. So Lord, as part of the church, change us. Give us a burden for the lost and hurting. Give us an ability to articulate and speak truth and yet speak it in love, without compromise. People need to know where we stand many times, but God we know it is not just showing this culture what is wrong, it is showing them what is right and then walking it out in our own lives.
So here we are Father, on our knees once again. Pleading… calling out to Heaven… change us! Put within us a call to intercede… A call to pray… A call to repent!
Father I pray for this church… for this gathering of people in Roseville, California. I pray that we would stay true to the vision of the mission You have given us!
Father… this is what has been declared in Your Word: A time of a great falling away, perilous times… seducing spirits, doctrines of demons and devils. May we rise above that all with the truth. We are not saying what people want to hear, we are speaking truth. We are speaking the love of God. No matter what happens here, help us stay true. True to You. True to Your Word. True to the call!
Lord, I thank You that when it is all said and done You are going to raise up an army… You are going to raise up a people! Joel prophesied it, Peter reiterated it and we have seen it at the birth of the church… DO IT AGAIN Father! Blow Your wind on us ONE MORE TIME! Empower us with the power of the Holy Ghost with signs, wonders, miracles and healing!
Help us God! We praise You Lord!!!
I pray this resonates in YOU as strongly as it has in us!
Blessings to you!
~ Pastor Doug Bird
Senior Pastor, Abundant Life Church