Sunday, July 19, 2009

A prayer

I was asked to offer the intercessory prayer this morning at church. I feel compelled to share it here, that some of you might lift up my church and all affected by the accident with me. From London to Atlanta, from children to grandparents- I know you've been joining with me in coming before the Lord with this and I thank you. I thank the Lord what He's done so far and I thank Him for providing us words to pray even when we don't know where to start. I plan on coming back to these scriptures again and again:

We lift our eyes up to the hills- where does our help come from? Our help comes from You Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121)

You are forgiving and good, O Lord; You turn darkness into light. (2 Samuel 22:31)

You are a shield for all who take refuge in You (2 Samuel 22:31)

We praise you Lord for hearing our cries and for taking us this far (2 Samuel 7:18)

You've told us that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to you, Jesus (Matthew 28:18)

And so we ask that you would hear our prayer, O Lord, and listen to our cries for mercy. In our days of trouble we will call to You, for You will answer us (Psalm 86:6-7)

In our grief, we pray that you, the Father of all compassion and the God of all comfort would be near to the hearts of the family and friends who lost their loved one in this accident (2 Cor 1:3). We pray that we would experience your peace and that we would rest in the hope of the resurrection, knowing that one Day, we will see you and we will rejoice, and no one will take away our joy. (John 16:22)

Heal Maggie Lee, O Lord, and she will be healed; save her and she will be saved, for you are hers, the One she praises. (Jeremiah 17:14) We pray for dialating pupils, for sustainable pressure, and for continued work in the miracle you are doing in this your precious little girl. We pray that her parents would sense your great love and presence amidst all the tubes and tests and trials that come with such trying circumstances.

For all those injured in this accident, Lord, we pray for the peace of God that passes all understanding to guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). We pray for continued bodily healing and the comfort that comes from you. That they would be strengthened in the strength that comes from you.

For all of us at the church, Lord, that Your perfect love would cast out all fear (1 John 4:18). Encourage us with your words (1 Thess 4:18). Strengthen us with your love. We pray that you would use all our circumstances to bring glory to your name. Let us tell the world of the good things that you have done at FBC. Let it be a testimony of your great faithfulness to Shreveport, to our country, and to the ends of the earth. Let the trees on our front lawn remind us that you have called us to be oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor (Isaiah 61:3). Let us rise to the challenges we face as a church family, remembering that you have promised to be with us always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). Empower us to love you and praise you all of our days with all our hearts, soul, mind, and strength. (Deut. 6:5)


You can get updates on Maggie Lee at her caringbridge website.


The Harrigan Family said...

that's really cool, the testimony that you are bringing forth in that place is amazing. love you much! well spoken, truth from one who knows it well.


ErinLee said...

You are wonderful and wise!

Carpoolqueen said...

I love how Scripture teaches me how to pray when I have no idea where to begin.

Rendi said...

It was great this morning. Thanks for posting it so that many can meditate on the scriptures for months to come.

Nora Greer said...

Thanks for sharing again...glad I have a "hard copy"...beautiful words delivered by a beautiful friend!

Mama Mia said...

Excellent prayer. Very well written - would have been nice to hear spoken too, but for those of us who were not present, thanks for a written copy!! jennifer

Lauren said...

Beautiful prayer. I think it truly touches the heart of God when we speak His words back to Him and pray through Scripture.