I was again assigned to lead the prayer yesterday-So I wrote this last night -Tuesday – so I can still remember the thoughts and passing moments that the Lord whispered to me to pray for during this meeting. The Scripture verses are from ESV – Book of Job and Revelation of St. John:
Heavenly Father, We stand before you -conscious of our failings,
but aware that we gather in your name.
Come to us, remain with us, and enlighten our hearts and minds.
Give us light and strength to know your will,
For you are :
The One …who laid the foundation of the earth and who determined its measurements
The One who stretched the line upon it and laid its cornerstone,
By your will …you establish your rule on the earth,
Guide us by your wisdom, Fill us with your grace,- Oh Lord God –
as you continue to remind us that all that we do here today and in the coming months –
in fact all that we will accomplish, is for the pursuit of Your greater glory
With Your aid – we can make decisions better and faster- knowing that You will not lead us stray.
Oh God -do not allow us to be misled by ignorance and near-sightedness,
In you -we will have confidence that, by wanting what You want, We need not worry about the outcome. So we will live our lives with utter abandon
knowing that it is Your will that we are accomplishing
For you are the one who put wisdom in the inward parts and
Has given understanding to the mind,
Who can number the clouds by wisdom
and who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens
And so today -help us engage in meaningful discussion;
Allow us to grow closer as a group –and nurture the bonds of friendship and fellow workmanship.
May we be not in slothful ease –but being constantly aware of your Presence –may we continue using the gifts you gave us –and to stretch oursleves for the future you are calling us.
Indeed – you are calling us together with this nation – together with our fellow Filipinos.
So that in serving them – we will see that – that we truly we are serving you .
And now we are again reminded that we are remiss and inadequate in our efforts
and we long for your time …
The time that is coming :
…”when your dwelling place will be with us,
When You will dwell with your people- …
When You will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and death shall be no more,
neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore,
for the former things have passed away.
For then Your Son on the throne will be saying –
I am making all things new
Truly You are the One who live and reigns
One God – Father,Son, and Holy Spirit –forever and ever Amen