Prayer Requests for the Week of April 7
Prayer Requests for the week of April 7, Our Light and Salvation
In our time of need we urge you to join us in praying for ourselves, our church, our city and beyond. This being the first Tuesday of the month, you may choose to fast along with today’s prayer guide.
The current season is providing us abundant opportunities to trust, to tune our hearts with our God. We’re challenged to draw closer to him with our doubts, our struggles, our confusions and disappointments. And also to seek our hopes, our joys, our praises and our gratitudes. As we pray this week we hope to find solace in his word as he enlarges our hearts to know him more and in vibrant new ways. We will find him faithful and trustworthy.
The verses below are from Psalm 27 | ESV | Take a moment to read it.
We turn our eyes to You. Lord, help us put our circumstances in the right perspective. Keep our minds stayed on you as our light and our salvation. You, Lord, be our stronghold and teach us to seek your face. Give us grace to obey that invitation. And as we do, may we gaze upon the beauty of who you are.
Vs. 1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Vs 4 You have said, "Seek my face." My heart says to you, "Your face, LORD, do I seek."
Vs 8 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.
Vs 13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
We turn our eyes to our own hearts. Lord, help us to rightly discern our enemies, both visible and invisible. Though they may seek us, you say that they will stumble and fall. We ask you to lift us above them, to lead us and to plant us on a level path. Help us see you as our place of security and victory.
Vs 2 When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.
Vs 3a Though an army encamp against me
Vs 6a And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me
Vs 11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
Vs 12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence.
We turn our eyes outward to those around us. We ask for wisdom and help for the pipelines of mercy and justice that we partner with as they continue to reach out into our community. . Those are Stand in the Gap, International Community Outreach (TU) and City of Hope Outreach (serves Tulsa’s homeless).
Ask that they have wisdom and discernment as they carry on their ministries in the changing circumstances around them. Give them creative means to care for those they serve. Give them patience and grace as they interact with people who find themselves in need of encouragement, in a place of fear, and in need of help on many levels.
We turn our eyes back to You. We turn our eyes back to you, Lord, in thanksgiving and gratitude. Our hearts shall not fear because we have confidence in you. You are a place of shelter. We are concealed under the cover of your tent. You have lifted us high and placed us on a strong rock, a place of security. Thank you when we call out to you, you are gracious and answer us. Lord, our hearts will take courage as we wait for you. Give us faith to believe that we will see your goodness in the land.
Vs 3b my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
Vs 5 For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
Vs 6b and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
Vs 7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!
Vs 13-14 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!