A Prayer for Your Church from a Methodist Lubber

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A Prayer for Your Church from a Methodist LubberA lubber sent this plea ter me in a bottle. If any of it resonates with yer spirit, I invite ya ter pray this prayer with me. When we align our will with His, mountains move. So as well do the hearts of his people.

Only one thing be needed ter fill the pews, bring people to thar knees, cause hands ter be raised, and voices ter sing with praise. Will we choose what be best?

“Few things are needed—indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better [time with me]. This will not be taken from her.” (Luke 10:42)

As we consider how ter fight the evil so prevalent in our times, focus less on what we want from worship and more on what the Sun wants from us.

O Lord, you said to the church in Ephesus, “You have lost your love for me.”

When we love you, we cannot help but love others, for we are filled with your Spirit and your Spirit is love. When we love our neighbor first and you second we end up loving neither, for our love will always turn inward. That is the nature of sinful man.

O, Lord, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey him, we United Methodists have sinned. We have turned away from your commands and laws. We are covered with shame because we have rebelled against you. We are scattered because of our unfaithfulness to you. All have transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you.

All this distancing, our displacement, the masking of our face and lips, has come upon us. And yet we have not sought your favor by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth.

You, O Lord, are righteous in everything you do, yet we have not obeyed you. O Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath. 

Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servants. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor upon your empty sanctuaries. Give ear, O God, and hear. Open your eyes and see the despair and desolation of your people who bear the name of Christ. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.

O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, Lord, do not delay because your people bear your Name.” (Daniel 9:4-19)

You Present Us Before Our Father Without Fault —Jude 24-28

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You Present Us Before Our Father Without Fault —Jude 24-28

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. 

Be Merciful to Those Who Doubt—Jude 1:22-23

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Be Merciful to Those Who Doubt—Jude 1-22-23

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.