Elder's Prayer - March 4, 2018
Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday.
Now that we've spent some time looking back at what God has done, let's take some time in prayer looking ahead to what God will do for his people. As we pray, we'll be praying many promises that God has made to his people.
Father, thank you for allowing us to celebrate 20 years as a local church. You began a good work in us, you have matured us, you have held us together, and you will bring the work of this church to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
As we look ahead, help us to keep our eyes on the promises that you have made to your people in your word and help us to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have called us, both as a church and as individual believers. Set our minds on things above and not on things that are on earth.
Give us a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in our knowledge of you and our Lord Jesus Christ. Enlighten our hearts that we may know what is the hope to which you have called us, to what are the riches of your glorious inheritance in the saints, and to what is the immeasurable greatness of your power toward us who believe.
Fill us with knowledge of your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that we will walk in a manner worthy of our Lord, being pleasing to you, bearing fruit in every good work, with minds and hearts full of thankfulness.
Help us to walk in humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eagerly maintaining the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Give us compassionate hearts that are quick to forgive, eager to restore, motivated by your love toward us.
Help us to attain a unity of the faith and a knowledge of Christ that will lead us to maturity, to a measure of fullness in Christ, that we may remain steadfast in our faith, not tossed about by every wind of doctrine or deception of men.
Help us to do nothing from rivalry or conceit, instead considering others more significant than ourselves. Help us each to look not only to our own interests but to the interests of others, looking to Jesus as our example of putting others' interests before our own.
Help us to endure, to press on, to remain faithful to the end, seeing the fulfillment of our salvation in Christ. Help us to forget what lies behind and press forward to what lies ahead - the glorification of our bodies and the completion of our union with you and your son and all believers that you have called and made your own.
Finally, help the word of Christ to dwell in us richly, teaching us and admonishing us in all wisdom. And remind us that whatever we do, in word or deed, we are to do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to you through him.