Little Brother Marcus Dinald offers the Intercessory Prayer for 16 August 2020.
My Brothers, Sisters and Friends, we are hoping that you are well.
When was the last time you took a step back and really observed God’s creation? You know, at times I look outside and I am repeatedly in awe of God’s power and majesty. The word of God says “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” (Psalm 33:6, NIV). Can you imagine things being created by God just speaking it into existence? Wow!
I love to watch the stars. They look like an array of tiny lights that just tip onto the darkness. Of course, this is from a far distance. The prophet Isaiah proclaims:
“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens. Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”Isaiah 40:26 (NIV)
The Psalmist gives support to this:
” He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.”Psalm 147:4-5 (NIV)
The Psalmist proclaims:
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”Psalm 8:3-4 (NIV)
What about the trees swaying from the touch of wind, yet we do not see the wind? The oceans are unending with refreshing shades of colours that are difficult to identify in one sitting.
Think about the creation of humankind, God’s masterpiece.
“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
A careful intricate sowing seemed to have taken place to create, you and I. Consider how much God thinks of us.
“How precious to me are your thoughts,God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.”Psalm 139:17-18 (NIV)
Wow…this is beyond what we could ever think or imagine.
Is God worth celebrating? The Psalmist commanded, or some may say invites, praises from those things that signifies God’s power and majesty.
“Praise the Lord.Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.”Psalm 148:1-4 (NIV)
David praised God in the good and bad experiences. He invited others to share in the rejoicing.
“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.”Psalm 34:1-3 (NIV)
Today, let us pause at different points and give God some real praise! Celebrate Him, today and always! Brethren, let us forget about self and just give a burst of praise…Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Thank You Jesus! Amen!
Today’s prayer is led by our own Marcus Dinald. Marcus is twelve years of age. He is a member of the Youth in Praise Ministry.
Let us pray:
We come again to just praise You for all You have done for us. For You are the most high God and there is none other like You. We all just want to praise You for being an amazing and loving God.
We come to confess all of our sins to You, for You do not like it when we have sin inside of us. Lord, we all ask for forgiveness from You. Please, wash us and make us whole again. Make us vessels that You can use.
We thank You for everything we have today. Our life, health, food, water, air, homes, clothing, family, friends, energy, money, electricity, entertainment, we thank You for it all. You provide for all our needs and we are grateful to You Lord.
Lord, we present to You our leaders. Our Prime Minister and other ministers of Jamaica. We ask You to give them knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, for they are our leaders who need to make wise decisions for Jamaica. Lord, we call by name, The Honourable Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, Minister of Health Christopher Tufton, Minister of Finance Nigel Clarke, health workers and support staff, Minister of National Security Horace Chang, Minister of Education Karl Samuda, Leader of the Opposition Peter Philips, and their families; Jamaica Defence Force and Jamaica Constabulary Force personnel and Security Guards, all other leaders of government and their support staff.
We present to You the churches in Jamaica. As a result of Covid-19, churches had to reduce the number of members who attend worship service every week. This meant that less people are able to participate in some of the church’s activities. We ask, Lord that You provide the resources needed to ensure that the various ministries will go on at this time. Now more than ever there are souls to be saved, needs to be met so Your church needs to be there for the people. Help the various churches to comply with the social distancing rules so that the government will allow full worship services and reopening of the churches soon. We miss the fellowship Lord and worshipping together.
Lord, we present to You the issue of crime and violence in Jamaica. Crime and violence is now back on the rise and we ask that You, God, will help the security forces stop the criminals. We also ask that You cause the citizens to participate in stopping crime by doing things like reporting any spotted criminals to the police. Lord, we place before You, Minister of National Security, Horace Chang and his team, as they fight the good fight to overcome the challenges we face each day. Lord, we put to You and ask for Your blessings on the Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck. We also remember the judges in our congregation: Paula Blake Powell and Grace Henry McKenzie.
We present to You all the families here at Grace Missionary. Protect us and keep us safe from Covid- 19. Some in our families are high risk members, Lord, help us to be vigilant and careful. The social distancing is difficult for some members, Lord, especially the youth, so we ask that families will become closer at this time and help each other to cope. Help us to be understanding and supportive of not just our immediate families but our extended church family and neighbours.
We present to You the sick and shut-ins. These people have to stay home, or at hospitals because they are ill (not necessarily from Covid-19). We ask that these people will be treated correctly and will come out as healthy people again. Help us to remember them daily and visit with them or call them where possible. Let them know Lord that they are not forgotten; that even when we don’t remember to call them, You remember them and are there with them. Lord, we now mention our families who are ill. Sisters Iris Lawrence, Jennifer Nicholson, Virginia Muir, Marville (Cherry) Murray (Sister Iris Lawrence’s daughter), Janet Chen-Young, Joyce Bailey, Lucille Alexander, Jhada Graham, Ethlyn Atkins, Cherrie Lee, Brother George Gabbidon, and Andrew Robinson (Sister Claire Robinson’s son), Brother Danville Japp’s father, Mr. Isaiah Japp. Comfort them and grant them speedy recovery.
Lord, we present to You those who are mourning: Sister Jehan Johnson who lost her mother Claris Johnson last week; Deacon Darlene Jones whose mom’s funeral service was last Saturday; Brother Andrew Getton who lost his mother (buried); and Sister Arlene Tomlinson who lost a brother (buried, lived in the U.S.A); Sister Melva Knight who lost an aunt; and Brother Orville Beckford and Sister Ann Beckford who lost a Sister and Sister-in-law respectively (buried). Draw closer to them Lord and grant them Your peace.
We thank You Lord for hearing and answering our prayers, in Jesus’ name.
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