PRAYERS OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
"The effectual reverent prayer of a righteous
man (or woman) availeth much."
December 5, 2004
Wise and loving God:
You have always sought to teach us. Through the
prophets, Scripture, and Your Living Word, You reveal the truths of human
life, what we need to know. So that we can better understand Your
Will, You sent Jesus to show us how to live and to save us from our
sins. Thank You for Your patience and Your grace.
Now, Father, as we bring our gifts to this Your church,
we seek Your wisdom and guidance as we live and work each day in
Hamilton. May each one of us be the vessel through whom others can
learn about You. May our love be contagious and our theology be
We pray in Jesus' Name.
Here we are this beautiful October Sabbath Day
in the quiet stillness of this hour in the sanctuary of First Baptist
Church, Hamilton, Texas.
Today, Father, we need the
strength and guidance of Your Holy Spirit to face the sadness and shocks
of the last few weeks. We don't understand unspeakable
tragedy--lives cut short, families and friend grieving--their lives
forever changed in an instant,
Both here in Hamilton
and around the world, the loss of men, women and children break our hearts
and frighten us. We ask, Father, that You bless those who hurt, that
You fill us with courage to face these difficult days. And, in all
of this, please help each of us to see the needs of our city and indeed
the whole world through the compassionate eyes of your son, Jesus
Christ. Fill us with Your presence so we can know the light of Your
love in our sometimes very dark world.
our Father, please help each of us to still our racing thoughts from our
busy lives to focus this hour on You--to worship You with the praise of
beautiful music, the spoken word and our own very personal and private
prayers. May each person ind here today Your peace that passes
For it is in the name of Jesus we
September 26, 2004
Father, maker of heaven and earth and God and Father of us all:
come to this beautiful place of worship this morning humbly knowing that
we know so little about the depth, breadth, and height of Your love for
We ask Your forgiveness for our human frailties
and failures. We thank you for the precious gift of Your son, Jesus
Christ, who not only saved us from our sins, but provided a pure example
of what You created each of us to be.
lift us through Your Holy Spirit to a new level of love and devotion to
You and toward our neighbors, both here in Hamilton and throughout the
world. Our world is difficult, but we seek to live as Jesus taught.
Help us to overcome those barriers of our sinful nature that would block
Him from living fully in us.
We ask Your blessings
on these good people who've come today to First Baptist Church in Hamilton
to worship You and to learn how we can best serve you.
our will but Yours be done. We praise Your holy name.
February 22, 2004
Gracious Father in heaven:
you for this beautiful winter day and for all that have come to this Your
church to worship and learn about you.
knowledge, all wisdom, and all purpose in life comes from You. In
the best of times, when we depend on the wonder of Your forgiveness, grace
and provision, we know that to be true. In troublesome times, we try
to run ahead of You to make our own way in this world. We forget
Your assurances of Your divine presence and undeviating support.
us, Father, to so live our lives in Your presence that every thought we
think is guided by Your Holy Spirit. We ask that You bless each
person here today and that that blessing further Your work in this
community. And, please bless with the knowledge and comfort of your
love those who could not be with us.
Thank you for
Jesus who is our Savior and model for all things good and true.
it is in His blessed name we pray.
December 28, 2003
Dear God and Father of us all:
Thank you for bringing every member and visitor here
today to this, your church. You have so richly blessed and
encouraged us through the beautiful observances and celebrations of the
Holy Week just passed. What a privilege it is to be held in
the saving grace of Christ Jesus and to walk in fellowship with those who
follow Him as Lord of their lives.
Again and again we are reminded of how You sent Your
son to save us from sin, to renew our spirits, and to equip us for service
wherever life may take us. As we prepare to begin another New Year,
help us to respond to Your love in obedience and faithful service.
Help us to live the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and
self-control. May our lives better reflect the loving character of
our Lord in all that we do and say from this day forward.
For all of life's blessings and especially for Your
gift of hope to each of us, we thank you.
October 5, 2003
Gracious Father in Heaven:
Here we stand in this place blessed by the glory of
this fall day, the beauty and holiness of this sanctuary, the freedom to
worship You as we choose and with those who've come to be with us.
Thank you for what they bring to this, Your church.
We ask Your continued blessings on this congregation
and its efforts to find the right person to lead us. We ask that You
empower with courage and wisdom the Pastor Search Committee who represent
us in those deliberations. Holy Father, grant all of us love,
patience and strength as we support the committee and continue Your work
in this community.
May we be faithful to your calling. Help us to
see and understand the needs of people in Hamilton and courageously follow
Your will as we serve this church and those who come here.
For we know in Your Word You've promised that "All
things are possible through Jesus Christ Our Lord who strengthens each of
Thank You for every blessing in our lives and now for
the opportunity to freely contribute to the work of Your church both here
and around the world.
In the name of Jesus we pray.
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