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Disturb Us, Lord


Disturb us, Lord, when

We are too well pleased with ourselves,

When our dreams have come true

Because we have dreamed too little,

When we arrived safely

Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when

With the abundance of things we possess

We have lost our thirst

For the waters of life,

We have ceased to dream of eternity

And in our efforts to build a new earth,

We have allowed our vision

Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord to dare more boldly,

To venture on wider seas

Where storms will show your mastery;

Where losing sight of land,

We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back

The horizons of our hopes;

And to push into the future

In strength, courage, hope, and love.
 

Prayer of Salvation

God, I know that I am a sinner.  I have done and said things that keep me from heaven and from being with you.

            I believe that Jesus Christ is your Son, and that He died on the cross for me to take away my sins.  I confess my sins to You now, and I ask you to forgive me, Jesus and come into my heart and life.  I want to start a new life with you Jesus.  I want to spend eternity in heaven with you God.  Thank you Jesus for forgiving me.  I trust you as my Lord and Saviour of my life.  Please fill me with your Holy Spirit.

                                                           
In Jesus name, 
  Amen.


A Prayer for God's Presence

Abba Father,  Holy One who hears my prayer,

Draw near to me.

I rejoice in Your presence.

May my heart be fully turned to You,

Pouring out my real feelings, desires and concerns this day.

Holy Spirit, speak into my heart as I pray, as I listen.

Only You know who I really am.

You see the child in me crying out for help.

You see the pride that wells up to overflowing.

Enlighten me where I dwell in error.  Forgive me.

Encourage me where I wallow in fear. Call to me.

Rebuke me where my heart is hard.  Be tender to me.

Open Your arms and embrace me.

I hand over the helm to You,  Jesus my Lord, my Captain. 

Trim the sails of my life that I might effortlessly move in directions

That you ordain for me.  

Drive me upon the storms of life towards You, my Harbour of Peace.

Cause me to thirst, not for the passions of life that readily distract me,

but for the joy of knowing You and being known by You.

Let us sit together and be still.  I’ll marvel, You be You.
 


A prayer for Alexandria

Father, Spirit, Jesus.    Hear our prayer.

We honour You this night as The King of kings and The Lord of lords.

You alone are worthy of our praise.   You alone are worthy of our adoration. 

We pray this night that You would turn Your face toward Alexandria. 

May You claim Alexandria as YOUR town.

May those who live here realize that Alexandria is YOUR town. 

Banish evil from YOUR town. 

Revive YOUR town. 

Father, allow us, Your people, the honour of participating with You in the building of Your Kingdom here in Alexandria.

Stir our hearts Lord. 

Create in us clean hearts, and cause us to desire you above all else.

Take from us the distractions that steal our focus from You.

Rob us of the foolish things in our lives.

Discipline us that we might destroy sinful patterns in our lives.

Inspire us to love one another with Your love.

Begin with Your people Lord. 

Unify us.

Strengthen us. 

AND USE US! 

This we pray in the mighty Name of Jesus,

Amen.



Global Day of Prayer

This prayer is being prayed today by followers

 of Jesus Christ in every nation on planet earth. 

May 31/2009  Pentecost Sunday


l     Almighty God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

  Together with believers all over the world,

  We gather today to glorify Your Name.

  You are the Creator of heaven and earth.

l        There is no one like You, holy and righteous

       in all Your ways.

   We submit to Your authority as the King of the universe.

   We pray with one voice to enthrone You in our hearts

          and to honour You before the world.

l         Lord God, You alone are worthy of our praise

       and adoration.

l     Father of mercy and grace,

    We acknowledge that we have sinned and that our world is gripped by the power of sin. Our hearts are grieved by injustice, hatred and violence.   We are shamed by oppression, racism and bloodshed in our land. We mourn all loss of life in murder, war and terrorism.

l     Our homes are broken and our churches are divided by rebellion and pride. Our lives are polluted by selfishness, greed, idolatry and sexual sin.

   We have grieved Your heart and brought shame to Your Name.

   Have mercy on us as we repent with all our hearts.

l       God of mercy, forgive our sins.
  Pour out Your grace and heal our land.

         Lord Jesus Christ,

   You alone are worthy to open the scrolls of history,

   for You were slain and have redeemed us to the Father by Your

   blood.   We confess that You are Head of the Church and Lord

   of all heaven and earth.

            May people from every tribe and language become

   Your followers so that Your blessing brings

   transformation among all peoples.

   Let Your kingdom be established in every nation of the world so

   that governments will rule with righteousness and justice.  And

   may Your Name be great, from the rising of the sun to its

   setting.

             Jesus Christ, You are the Saviour of the world

    and the Lord of all.

         Lord Jesus Christ,

  Because You were dead, but are now risen, and the Father has

  given You a Name above all names, You will defeat all powers

  of evil.  Tear down strongholds and ideologies that resist the

  knowledge of God.

           Remove the veil of darkness that covers the

   peoples.  Restrain the evil that promotes violence

   and death.

  Bring deliverance from demonic oppression.  Break the hold of

  slavery, tyranny and disease.  Fill us with courage to preach

  Your word fearlessly, and to intercede for the lost faithfully.

           Almighty God, deliver us from evil.

         Spirit of the living God,

 Apart from You, we can do nothing.

 Transform Your Church into the image of Jesus Christ.

           Release Your power to bring healing to the sick,

   freedom to the oppressed and comfort to those

   who mourn.

 Pour Your love into our hearts and fill us with compassion to

 answer the call of the homeless and the hungry and to enfold

 orphans, widows and the elderly in Your care. Give us wisdom

 and insight for the complex problems we face today. Help us to

 use the resources of the earth for the well-being of all.

            Holy Spirit, we need Your comfort and guidance.  

   Transform our hearts.

         King of Glory,

  Come and finish Your work in our cities, our peoples and our nations. 

  We lift our voices in unison with believers from Africa and Asia, from the  Middle East and Europe, from North and South America, and from Australia  and the Pacific Islands—  together we cry: 

             Lift up your heads, O you gates!
     Be lifted up ancient doors

     so that the King of glory may come in!

  As Your deeds increase throughout the earth, and as Your blessings abound  to all the nations, they will seek You, asking, “Who is this King of glory?”

  Together we will answer:

               He is the Lord Almighty! Blessed is He who

       comes in the name of the Lord!

   Come fill the earth with Your glory as the waters cover the sea.

   The Spirit and the Bride say:

            Amen! Come Lord Jesus come!