Primates Prayer Day 11: Abp. Akinola, Province of Nigeria

Today’s Lectionary
AM Psalm 37:1-18; PM Psalm 37:19-42
Isa. 45:5-17; Eph. 5:15-33; Mark 4:21-34

Psalm 37:1-9 (ESV)

37:1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!
2 For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb.

3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. [2]
4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.

7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!

8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
9 For the evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

Heavenly Father, I confess it is easy to fret and be anxious these days about the situation in the Anglican Communion, to be troubled by the division and discord, to be angry about false teaching, to be eager for judgement upon those we see as having caused the problems. Lord, You command us to not be anxious. You command us to trust in You, to do good, to delight ourselves in You. You command us to live in faithfulness, to commit our way to You and to trust in You to act. Lord, help us and the Primates to be still today, to quiet our hearts and to know You are God. Help us to wait for You and not run ahead of You. Help us and the Primates to trust in Your promises and allow You to work out Your plans for the good of Your people. May our delight be in You today Father. Show us what it means in terms of our actions today to trust You in these matters, we pray in Christ’s name and for His glory, Amen.

Collect Commemorating Peter’s Confession of Christ:

Almighty Father, who inspired Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the Living God: Keep your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Today’s Prayer Focus: Archbishop Peter Akinola, Province of Nigeria

Archbishop Peter Akinola, Nigeria Archbishop Akinola hardly needs an introduction these days as one of the best known and most-vocal Primates and a leader of CAPA and the Global South Primates. I urge you to read Jill Woodliff’s profile of the Province of Nigeria here, as it gives a lot of good background on the vision of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. I also urge you to re-read the section of Psalm 37 posted above and to use that as a basis for prayer for Abp. Akinola.

Here is the prayer Jill wrote for ++Akinola earlier this month:

Eternal Godhead,
We thank You that the province of Nigeria is being soaked through and through with Your presence. We thank for its roots of Holy Scripture; its trunk of prayer, fasting, healing, deliverance, and witnessing; and its fruit of crusades, revivals, church planting, prayer teams, night vigils, ministerial training, church programs, and the recognition of all the gifts You have given Your holy people. Holy is Your name.

They stand in the midst of a Communion in schism and a nation in tension. Turn their hearts to the freedom of Christ. Drive out sin and disobedience. Strengthen them to stand firm and cast aside the yoke of slavery.

Pour Your Spirit upon Peter, give him the hope of righteouness, and quicken his love. May he lead the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) in showing forth the genuine love of Christ. Amen.
Galatians 4:21-5:6

photo credit: Global South Anglican blog

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