21.12.12 Sunday Morning Pastoral Prayer

"Heavenly Father – as parents and as a church, we love our children. They are precious in our sight. Our greatest desire is that they would glorify you and enjoy you forever. Many times this is a burden for us and this morning we want to cast this burden to you knowing that you alone have the power to work in them so that our hopes come true in their lives.

Rom. 9:16 It depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. (Paul)

Psa. 40:11 As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain
          your mercy from me;
     your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
          ever preserve me! (David)

Let your unrestrained mercy come to all the children at CCK so they fully and powerfully experience your salvation in Jesus Christ in their lives. When they hear the gospel, Father, our prayer is that they will respond with the faith that you give as a gift. Let our children be believers for your glory. Make known the riches of your glory in their lives. May they enter your kingdom and live their lives within your kingdom through the enabling work of your Spirit.

I pray this morning that the children will love, honor, respect and obey their parents. May their response to their parents bring great blessings in their lives according to your promises. May they live a long life of service fulfilling your purposes for their lives. Let these kids be great servants of the mission you have for your people.

Mat. 4:13-14  (Jesus) went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

Mat. 4:15-16 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
     the people dwelling in darkness
          have seen a great light,
     and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,
          on them a light has dawned.”

Our prayer is that these kids would see the great light of the Advent season we are celebrating today.

The heart of the Gospel message is that Christ’s death on the cross removes the alienation that exists between God and humanity. Now sinful human beings can enjoy your favor. This is given to us when we personally acknowledge the kingship of Jesus Christ and recognize that through his death and resurrection, he brings salvation to those who turn from sin. Our prayer is that all the kids in this church will acknowledge Christ as Lord and turn to him in faith and obedience.

We pray for the parents today too, Father. Strengthen them and enable them through your Spirit to fulfill their role as those who are to train up their children in the way they should go. Each day we all fall short of being the perfect parent. Let our parents experience your mercy and grace so that their genuine efforts accomplish more than they can imagine in their families. Give them guidance through your word and the wisdom to live each day in ways that serve and bless their families.

For those who are married, we pray for this vital relationship to thrive and grow. Empower each husband and wife so their love for one another grows supernaturally. For single parents, we pray for them to be aware that the most important truth for every parent is that they are not alone. Remind all the parents of your promises:

Isa. 41:10 
          …fear not, for I am with you;
          be not dismayed, for I am your God;
     I will strengthen you, I will help you,
          I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

And I pray this day for our church, Heavenly Father. In Jesus name, I pray that we would excel in our desires for and ministry to the parents and children in our church. Give grace to our children’s ministry so that those involved are enabled to be great helpers. I pray especially for Mitch Newman and Jonathan Edwards. Help them not to grow weary as they continue to serve us so well by leading those who volunteer to serve our kids. We pray for Mike Plewniak and his leadership of our ministry to the youth in our church. Bless Mike with favor so the parents and teens continue to enjoy an awareness of your grace in their lives.

We ask all these things, Heavenly Father, in Jesus name."

Cornerstone Church of Knoxville