Morning Prayer: Tuesday,17 Nov 2020 – Psalms (122) and Proverbs (17) ~ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Morning Prayer: Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that bringing forth in abundance the fruit of good works, they may be abundantly rewarded when our Savior Jesus Christ comes to restore all things; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“O pray for the peace of Jerusalem;
they shall prosper that love you.”

(Psalm 122:6)

Preparation:

 Holy Spirit, breath of God and fire of love, I cannot pray without your aid: Kindle in me the fire of your love, and illumine me with your light; that with a steadfast will and holy thoughts I may approach the Father in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who reigns with you and the Father in eternal union. Amen.

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Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem – Joshua Aaron

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The New Cloverdale Psalter (2019 Update of 1535 Original

“Psalm 122”

1 I was glad when they said unto me, *
“We will go into the house of the LORD.”
2 Now our feet are standing *
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
3 Jerusalem is built as a city *
that is at unity in itself.
4 For there the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD, *
as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the LORD.
5 For there is the throne of judgment, *
even the throne of the house of David.

6 O pray for the peace of Jerusalem; *
they shall prosper that love you.
7 Peace be within your walls *
and plenteousness within your palaces.
8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, *
I will wish you prosperity.
9 Indeed, because of the house of the LORD our God, *
I will seek to do you good.

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Proverbs (17)  (The Wisdom of Solomon)

1 Better a dry crust eaten in peace
than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.

27 A truly wise person uses few words;
a person with understanding is even-tempered.

28 Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent;
with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.

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Consider:

“O pray for the peace of Jerusalem;
they shall prosper that love you.”

(Psalm 122:6)

+ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” Peace was her name, pray that her condition may verify her title.

__ Spurgeon

+ Those who can do nothing else for the peace of Jerusalem, may pray for it. Let us consider all who seek the glory of the Redeemer, as our brethren and fellow-travelers, without regarding differences which do not affect our eternal welfare.

+ Blessed Spirit of peace and love, who didst dwell in the soul of the holy Jesus, descend into his church, and fill those who compose it with his heavenly tempers; cause bitter contentions to cease, and make us to be of one mind.

+ Love of the brethren and love to God, ought to stir us up to seek to be like the Lord Jesus in fervent prayer and unwearied labor, for the salvation of men, and the Divine glory.

__ Matthew Henry

+ The house of “the LORD our God” was established in Jerusalem, the city of God.

+ It was the welfare of “the house of the LORD our God” that prompted prayer for the entire city.

+ And it is the welfare of the house of the LORD our God that prompts believers to pray for his church.

Q: Do you pray regularly for the peace of Jerusalem? Why / why not?

Q: Do you believe that the welfare of Jerusalem is linked to your personal welfare? Why / why not?

Q: Do you pray for the welfare of your church? Why / why not?

Q: What challenges are your church dealing with right now? How can you help?

Q: How can you pray and work for peace in your church?

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Prayer:

Prayer for Jerusalem

  • Hope— for God’s Holy Spirit to remove bitterness and complacency from the hearts of Jerusalem’s people; for them to believe that peace is actually possible in their city.
  • Security— for Christ to spread his powerful protection around this place, preventing even the empty threat of attack from outside enemies.
  • Harmony— for God to turn the hearts of people toward compassion and kindness; for children to lead the way in the rising up of a generation that longs to treat all in Jerusalem as brother and sister.
  • Family— for Jesus to knit families together in wholeness and health, in ways that repulse fear and hate in exchange for love and joy.
  • Economy— for the people of Jerusalem to have ample opportunity and ability to provide for themselves and their families, to give generously to others, and to no longer be divided over who “has” and who “has not.”
  • Worship— for Christ’s Holy Spirit to be not simply present, but undeniably known in obvious ways within the hearts and expressions of His truly beloved people—Jew and Arab alike.

Prayer for the Church

  • Gracious Father, we pray for your holy Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Savior. Amen.
  • Deliver your Church from all enmity and prejudice, and everything that hinders us from godly union. As there is one Body and one Spirit, one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so make us all to be of one heart and of one mind, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and love, that with one voice we may give you praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God in everlasting glory. Amen.

Prayer for your Congregation

  • Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear our prayers, and grant that in my Congregation the pure Word of God may be preached and the Sacraments duly administered.
  • Strengthen and confirm the faithful; protect and guide the children;
  • visit and relieve the sick; turn and soften the wicked;
  • arouse the careless; recover the fallen;
  • restore the penitent; remove all hindrances to the advancement of your truth;
  • and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Psalm 122 – “May There Be Peace” Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today

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Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

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+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.



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