Should you find yourself in a congregation where the spirit of idolatry is at work, consider praying this prayer out loud.
(Yes, we are all guilty of allowing heretics and unclean spirits to attack the Body of Christ.)
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (Jude 24-28)
Our Lord and King, you keep this assembly from falling. Our foundation be built on nothing but the Rock we call Jesus. Though the shifting sands of culture threaten ter bring down other assemblies that follow after idols and false gods, we declare our allegiance ter you.
Sunday after Sunday, week after week, day after day you present us clothed with the breastplate of yer righteousness. When our Father looks upon us, he sees only yer holy purity, not our filthy sins. With great joy we kneel before our God and Savior.
In all ways and at all times may yer glory, majesty, power and authority be proclaimed in our midst. Should any preach or teach a different doctrine other than what comes from yer words and character, we right now, right here declare they will not abide, but be cast out by yer Spirit in order to be corrected, counseled, and—when they ‘ave repented—be welcomed back in love. Amen and amen.
Should you find yourself in a congregation determined to go the way of the world rather than follow the Way, the Truth, and the Light of Life, consider this prayer of repentance for you and your church.
(Yes, we are all guilty of the rampant apostasy that infects the Body of Christ.)
Be merciful to those who doubt.
Lord, you ask us ter “‘ave faith and do not doubt.” (Matthew 21:21) You call us people “of little faith who doubt.” (Matthew 14:31) We believe. Help our unbelief. (Mark 9:24) You promise to strengthen us, to help us—to uphold us with your righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
Lord help us ter show mercy when others doubt yer faithfulness, yer holiness, yer words. Once we also did not believe. Once we also doubted. Thar might yet come a day when we doubt and cast about with anxious thoughts. But you show mercy ter us. Help us ter show mercy ter others.
Save others by snatching them from the fire.
Lord, in times past you snatched a good many from the consuming fire. You overthrew some as you overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. Like Lot and his family, in times past you snatched others like a feller snatches a burning stick from the fire. (Amos 4:11) If our acts be burned up, we ‘ill suffer loss. Yet we ‘ill still be saved as if escaping through the flames. (1 Corinthians 3:15) In yer eyes, ter often, we be but a burning stick snatched from the pit of flames. Fer this reason, let us strive ter make certain our words and work glorify you in all ways. (Zechariah 3:2)
Let us preach, teach, proclaim and praise yer words. Let us encourage and rebuke, council and console others as if snatching ’em from the pit of flames.
To others show mercy, mixed with fear.
Lord, may we be careful, keep calm, and act with courage. May we fear you, but fear no man. Pray that we do not lose heart because of the fierce anger of ’em who oppose us, yer words, yer will, and yer Spirit of holiness. Let us show mercy but remind all that it be a right dreadful thing ter fall inter the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:31)
Hate even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
Folks like ter scoff at the saying, “Love the sinner, but hate the sin.” And yet you hath said we ought ter do jest that, fer the wicked have so polluted thar garments by thar sinful acts that thar clothes ought ter be burned.
These ungodly people pollute their own bodies. (Jude 1:8)
“You have a few people WHO HAVE NOT soiled their clothes. They will walk with me. They are dressed in white. They are worthy.” – Jesus (Revelation 3:4)
In the same way that the prophets of Jerusalem committing adultery by lying with that harlot, the world, and living a lie, the ungodly recline in the arms of Satan. Therefore, in the mighty name of Jesus we pray against all spirits that pervert yer words. (Jeremiah 23:14)
Both prophet and priest are polluted. (Jeremiah 23:11)
While such preachers and priests, teachers and leaders strengthen the hands of evildoers so none turns from their wickedness, we fall ter our knees and ask that you purify yer house and yer people from all ungodliness. (Jeremiah 23:14)
Lord, grant us mercy as we offer mercy ter others. Fergive us fer perverting yer words and soiling ourselves with unclean acts and affirming sin rather than affirming yer Truth and Love. Save us, Lord. Save yer people fer yer name’s sake.
Should you find yourself in a congregation infected with godless folk, consider this prayer of confession for you and your church.
(Yes, we all be guilty of the rampant apostasy that infects the Body of Christ.)
Lord, well we know that scoffers ‘ill follow thar own ungodly desires. Among our own number such fellers distort yer truth in order ter draw away yer disciples (Acts 20:30). Yer Spirit clearly says in later times some ‘ill abandon the faith. We kin spy such fellers by the way they follow thar own natural instincts. These folks blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too ‘ill perish (2 Peter 2:12).
They do not ‘ave yer Spirit. Instead they follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons (1 Timothy 4:1).
Such reprobates seek ter divide us, but we ‘ill pray on in yer Holy Spirit of Truth in the most holy way. We ‘ill keep ter ourselves in Skipper’s love fer we know that the Sun always be interceding fer us (Romans 8:34).
Be we facin’ troubles, hard times, persecution fer the faith, hunger, famine, nakedness, in danger, facing death? No matter. Nothin’ kin take us out of yer lovin’ arms. Past circumstances or future trials? Earthly powers or principalities in the spiritual realm? No, none ‘ill separate us from yer love. The love of Skipper be in the Sun and that love lives in us. Amen.