Rev. John M. Vaughan
“Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
Praying without ceasing are words penned by Paul the Apostle in his letter to the church at Thessalonica. No doubt some may have wondered then or are wondering today, “just what is the Apostle Paul saying?”. He is encouraging Christians to pray every hour throughout every day of the year. Paul is speaking of possessing an attitude of prayer. The attitude of prayer should always be our constant companion. After submitting ourselves totally unto God through Christ Jesus, we can pray joyfully, and we can continually give thanks in all situations to God, for this is the will of God.
Eternal and Heavenly Father, we approach your throne of grace with an attitude of continuous prayer. We acknowledge you as the Lord of lords, and the God of gods. You are the Supreme One who fashioned this world by your divine creation. You set the sun in the sky, you fixed the moon in the heavens and you arranged the stars against the darkness of night. Lord, we thank you that we are your crowning creation. You created us in your image and made us a little lower than the angels.
God, your faithfulness and your divine goodness require a response from us; those who trust and have faith in you. Father, our response is to confess our sins, knowing that you are just and faithful to forgive. We praise and thank you for Jesus Christ. It is through Christ that the forgiveness of our sin is made possible. We ask and pray that you give us a forgiving spirit that we, too, may possess a forgiving nature.
Now O’ Gracious God, we enter your gates with thanksgiving. We give thanks for all that you have done in our lives; we give thanks for all that you are doing in our lives; and we give thanks and for all that you are going to do in our lives. We are thankful for your new grace and your new mercies.
We thank you Father for health. We thank you Father for food to eat and clothes to wear; we thank you for shelter. We thank you for our jobs and for providing us with the resources to meet our earthly obligations.
Lord, for those who are homeless, we pray they will find shelter; for those who are hungry, we pray that they will have food; and Lord, for those who do not have the basic resources to meet their physical needs, we ask that you would, through us, provide for them.
Thank you Lord for the BGAV, as it works to equip, unite and prepare churches to carry forth your Holy Word through various ministries. Father we pray for your guidance that BGAV will continue to press forward and be a beacon of light in and to the state of Virginia. We thank you and continue to pray for its leaders, and its memberships.
Lord, the world is in a pandemic. This pandemic, COVID19 knows no boundaries. So, Lord, we are asking for your help. Help us as we adjust to the challenges, the changes and the uncertainties of this pandemic. We are asking that you would intervene Father to limit the number of persons infected by COVID19. We are praying, Father, that through your grace and your mercy, people will stop dying from this virus.
We pray that you would comfort and give peace to persons who are experiencing the loss of a loved one. We ask that you would keep those in the medical profession, who are on the front-line in this heath care battle, safe and healthy. We ask that you would protect all of the essential workers, educators and students, our families and our friends. We are asking and praying for a worldwide healing.
And, Lord, let this worldwide healing from COVID19, also be a worldwide healing which would allow us to truly love our neighbor as ourselves. Let this be our continuous prayer. We offer this prayer and ask these requests in the name of Christ Jesus; and by faith we count it all done!