Prayer Chain III: Organizational Prayer

“Prayer is based on God’s love for believers. Through his grace, he gives them things which they do not deserve, while through his mercy he shields them from those things which they do deserve.”[1]

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ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift; Send down upon our directors, and other staff employees, and upon the [insert organization] membership committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.[2]

Lord, our God, we ask that you look favorably upon the upcoming [insert name]  campaign that this facility shows increase and success while we live out our mission to bless and prospure our community. Please give special consideration to [insert names or organization and its members here]. Give them boldness and discernment in their endeavor to aide our customers, clients, or membership with peace, love, and joy. Amen.

Continue to look over this organization and its staff members as they look to support our local community. Show them grace and give them sound judgment as they endorse, supplement, and provide for Lakewood staff members and volunteers. We ask all this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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 Weekly Scripture

“13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him” (1 John 15:13-15). [3]

 Commentary:

“After the words that you have eternal life, most Greek manuscripts add the words found in the KJV: “and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” Perhaps this statement seemed redundant to some early scribe or editor and for that reason was eliminated from his manuscript. But it actually prepares the ground for the discussion about prayer which follows by inviting continued faith in God’s Son on the part of those who already have received eternal life through Him. Prayer too is an expression of trust in the name of God’s Son.

5:14–15. One who believes in the name of Jesus Christ has an assurance (parrēsia) in approaching God in prayer (cf. 3:21). Requests made in accordance with God’s will are heard by Him and a believer can be certain of receiving answers to them. Naturally, Christians today discern God’s will through the Scriptures and ask accordingly. But the unit of thought that commences with 5:3b has focused on the truth that God’s commands are not a burden because faith in God’s Son is the secret of spiritual victory over the world. In this context, then, it is natural to suppose that John was thinking especially, though not exclusively, of a Christian’s right to ask God for help in keeping His commands. That kind of prayer is transparently according to His will. Thus, in victorious living, a Christian is relieved of any burden through prayer that is based on faith in the name of God’s Son.”[4]

 Footnotes:

[1] Martin H. Manser, Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies (London: Martin Manser, 2009).

[2] The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church (New York: The Seabury Press, 1976), 32.

[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), 1 Jn 5:13–15.

[4] John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, Dallas Theological Seminary, The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 902.

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