Psalm 103, Hebrews 8:6-11
Reflections of the Heart:
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. ~ Henry Ford
Awesome Father, thank You for Your provisions for residents and businesses in our communities. We thank You, Lord, for safety and protection for every family. We thank You for having plans for good and not a disaster for us, to give us a future and a hope. Thank You for blessing us with Your perfect peace as we keep our thoughts fixed on You. We sing praises to You, our Father, and declare that You are the King over all of the earth!
Wonderful Father, You are the Light and Salvation for all in our communities, so we will not be afraid. You are our fortress, protecting us from danger so we will not tremble. By faith, we declare that we will live peacefully and safely in our dwellings and that our homes will be places of rest and relaxation. We will be kindhearted neighbors, working together to maintain a peaceful community. Lord, we expect You to place a wall of protection around us, our homes and properties. When our enemies come against us like a flood, we are confident that You will raise up a standard against them. Lord, we trust and believe that no good thing will be withheld from us as we walk uprightly before You.
Holy Spirit, how can I pray specifically for my community?
Holy Spirit, help us to share Christ with our unsaved neighbors. Incline their hearts to seek You first and search Your Word for wisdom as we all live peaceably among one another. Impress upon us to extend our gifts and talents to community opportunities, such as nearby schools and businesses. Unify our communities and help us to stand against violence, crime, and injustice. Remind us to watch out for our neighbors, especially the children and seniors; let Your Spirit of love permeate our communities.
Holy Spirit, forgive our communities for all acts of sinfulness including gossiping, lying, fornication, adultery, idolatry, profanity, deception, drunkenness, gluttony, drug abuse, theft and all other sins. Forgive us for rebellion and selfishness. Lord, please help us to forgive any past mistakes and hurts caused by neighbors so that You can heal us. Remind the people of our communities of those they need to forgive and help them to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help our communities not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.
Eternal Lord, You are the blessed and Sovereign One; the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man can see. Yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 47:6-7, Psalm 27:1, Isaiah 32:18, Psalm 34:14, Job 1:10, Matthew 6:13, I Timothy 6:15-16