Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday.

I will be using Psalm 139:13-16 as the basis of my prayer this morning...

Psalm 139:13-16:

For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

Lord, you have created all of mankind and, according to your word, we are fearfully and wonderfully made by your hand. You know more about us than we do ourselves, as you are the one that created each of us you have created us all in your image, while we were each in our mother's womb. You knew us not only while you were weaving us together, but, from eternity past you had a sovereign plan for our lives.

Thank you Father for the way you formed each of us according to your good pleasure.

You know every hair on our head and every day of our lives, as you have each of them planned and numbered.

Lord, forgive us for not more often pondering and thinking upon the wonder and awesomeness of all of your creation.

Lord, these last couple of days have been an incredible time in our country. We rejoice and praise you that many unborn lives will be saved going forward. At the same time, please help us all to model the love of Christ to those that have different opinions and values than we do.

Help us to use opportunities you give us to have gospel conversations with our neighbors and tell them of the free gift of salvation that you have made available through your Son.

Help us to be kind, generous and patient with those in need, offering them real, tangible help, while at the same time, pointing them to the Savior. Help us never to forget that we were once without hope and in need of the Savior ourselves.

In the name of our Savior, Jesus, we pray.