To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, (Ephesians 3:8)
Jesus, thank you that there is always more to know of you and receive from you. Please help us all, whatever our station in life, to make you known to those who do not yet know you.
and to make all see what is the stewardship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; (Ephesians 3:9)
Father, please help us be faithful stewards of our knowledge of Jesus: help us share him with everyone who will receive him.
to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, (Ephesians 3:10)
Holy Spirit, please help us and all your church be intent on making you known so that every principality and power will be submitted to God’s sovereignty.
according to the eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Ephesians 3:11)
Father, please help the Episcopal Church get back in alignment with your eternal purpose which you have accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in him. (Ephesians 3:12)
Jesus, help us be bold with the confidence that comes from knowing you and help us make you known to others.
Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. (Ephesians 3:13)
Holy Spirit, we hold up the saints in St. Andrews Syracuse and St. Andrews Vestal, NY, in this time of their tribulation. Let this time of trouble be for your glory and for our encouragement to persevere.
“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, my elect one in whom my soul delights! I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.” (Isaiah 42:1)
Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to delight in Jesus day by day, just as you do.
“He will not cry out, nor raise his voice, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.” (Isaiah 42:2)
Jesus, please help us minister to others and do works of mercy as you did — without fanfare. Help us see and reach out to the lost and least among us.
“A bruised reed he will not break, and smoking flax he will not quench; he will bring forth justice for truth.” (Isaiah 42:3)
Holy Spirit, please help us encourage others in their walk with Jesus; keep us from putting any stumbling blocks in their way.
“He will not fail nor be discouraged, till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands shall wait for his law.” (Isaiah 42:4)
Jesus, you will not fail nor be discouraged; help us place our hope in what you are doing rather than in what we are doing.
LORD, you have called us to your righteousness and you will hold our hand as you lead us so that we may be a light to others who do not know you. (From Isaiah 42:6)
***** Pray that the Lord will answer the prayers for his intervention in the Capital Region with great power.
Cry out to the Lord for his Church and his people.