Holy, holy, holy
Lord, God Almighty,
Perfect in power, in love, and in purity.
All Your works shall praise Your name.
Our song shall ever rise to You.
Fount of every blessing,
Stir our hearts to bless and hallow Your name.
Tune our hearts to sing Your grace,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.
Father, unite us in one heart, to pray, to worship you as you deserved.
Jesus, who died for us, raised to life, sit at the right hand of God, live forever,
Intercede on our behalf with God. (Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25)
Until that day we stand before You,
As Your people, completely pure.
We don’t know how and what You want us to pray for.
But the Holy Spirit prays for us,
With groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
And Father, who knows all hearts, knows what the Spirit is saying,
For the Spirit pleads for us in harmony with Your will;
And cause everything to work together for the good of those who love You. (Rom 8:26-28)
May our prayers be like that of the tax collector.
He was despaired of himself.
He knew he deserved only judgement.
But he dared to hope…
And got a glimpse of Your wonderful grace.
You Count us as righteous.
We are declared to be your own people,
and You brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand. (Rom 5:2)
Oh, what joy it is that our sins are put out of sight. (Romans 4:7-8)
There is now no condemnation.
You have freed us from the power of sin that leads to death.
We have no obligation to do what sinful nature urges us to do.
Now we can follow the Spirit;
And let the spirit control our lives. (Rom 8:3-6)
Spirit of Christ, Spirit of God,
Live in us, control our minds,
Fill us with thoughts that please the Spirit,
Lead us to life and peace.
Father, you love to forgive,
No more we have to hide, to minimize, to deny our sins.
Instead of hiding behind trees in guilt and shame, like Adam and Eve, (Gen 3:7-10),
we can run towards You,
where sinners can gather without fear,
to celebrate the Lamb’s wedding feast, at Your own invitation. (Rev 19:6-9) (New Morning Mercy 6/24)
Take us. Confront us. Justify and Clean us.
Transform us. Infuse us with eternal hope.
Bind the prodigal us with your goodness,
Thru the darkest of valleys,
So that we always come home to You.
For all creation has been groaning right up to the present time.
It looks forward to the day to join us in glory, free from death and decay.
We also groan,
For we long for the day our bodies to be released from sin and suffering,
When You will give us our full rights as Your adopted children. (Rom 8:22-23)
In view of Your mercy, we present our bodies to You as living sacrifice.
This is proper worship.
Free us from conforming to this world,
Transform us, by renewing our mind, constantly.
Empower us to learn Your good and perfect will for us. (Rom 12:1-2)
Turn us into a community of faith,
Let not evil conquer us but we conquer evil by doing good.
Work hard and serve with passion.
If our gift is supporting others, be encouraging.
If it is leadership, take the responsibility seriously.
If it is giving, give generously.
If it is to show kindness, do it gladly.
Always eager to practice hospitality. (Rom12:6-21)
Our knowledge and theology are relevant
Only when they are used to serve people in need.
Give us eyes to see you in those who suffer.
Send us with the gospel in word and deed to the margins of the world,
Where we will find you.
HK Covid 19
Father you have asked us to pray for all people. (1Tim 2:1-4)
We pray for Hong Kong.
With the deterioration in the US-China relationship,
the third wave of the coronavirus,
our city has entered an economic recession.
Unemployment rate climbs to the highest in 15 years.
More than 200,000 are out of work. Thousands are underemployed.
Desperate families turn to charities for food.
Jobless became homeless in the pedestrian tunnels.
Father, more than we, Your heart must be stirred.
I almost see You take pity and say “Don’t cry!” (Matt 11:33, Luke 10:33, 7:12-13)
You will reach out, touch. (Mark 1:40-41)
You will feed them. (Matt 14:14-21; Mark 6:34-42)
You will bring them to an inn and take care of them. (Luke 10:25-37)
Father, help us act like your followers.
Overflow us with compassion.
Open doors that we can practice charity
Go into the world with the gospel in word and deed.
Father you asked us to pray for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live
peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
This is good and pleases God, who wants everyone to be saved. (1Timothy 2:1-4)
We pray for China.
Thank you for the long and complex history of China.
Thank you for Your love for China and its people, Your gospel was heard as early as
the 3rd century,
Thank you for the Government, which lifted 850 million people out of poverty.
China had its share of hardship and turmoil. For a long time, people had suffered.
Now China is blamed for Covid-19.
The leaders are called tyrants.
The country is accused of being aggressive, threatening the world’s freedom and normalcy.
Father would you grant Your gift of repentance (2 Tim 2:25; Acts 11:18) and saving
faith (Rom 10:1; Phil 1:29; Eph 2:8) to the people of China, and all people in the
Government that they will know you.
We pray for past and present issues - the Century of Humiliation, Tiananmen Square
incident, Muslim Uyghurs, Hong Kong National Security Law. We pray for truth,
fairness, forgiveness, acceptance.
As we are all made in Your image, we pray that Chinese can be seen as brothers.
As You broke down the wall of hostility that separated us (Eph 2:14),
We will not hate but seek peace and relationships with people across racial and
ethnic lines, who hold opposing views.
Some feel that our government is oppressive.
I pray that we will recognize Your rule over the kings of the earth (Dan 2:37-38,4:35; Psa 47:9;135:6).
The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he turns it wherever he will (Pro 21:1).
They will perform according to Your pleasure. (Isa 44:28)
So teach us to live under a nonbeliever government
We only live here as guests and aliens.
Nothing can separate us from Your love. (Rom 8:35)
Though we take part in everything as citizens, we endure everything as aliens.
Our identity is salt. We are light.
Even when we are as poor as beggars
We can still make many rich. (Letter to Diognetus)
Finally, we hold the people of Beirut in our hearts.
In your mercy,
Bring comfort to those who mourn,
Healing to those who are injured,
Shelter to those who are homeless
Sustenance to those who hunger.
Strength and friendship to those who are working
to rebuild shattered lives,
And protect those who are vulnerable
Especially in a time of coronavirus.
In the midst of compounding sorrows,
We always look to You. (Ps 16:8)
In our desperation, send us running to You, risen Saviour, our only hope.
In You, we are calm and quiet,
like a weaned child. (Ps 131)
And on that day, Jesus,
Bring us home rejoicing.
For this you died,
That you might reconcile hopeless, hostile people to God and to each other.
You have done it for millions by grace.
Do it, Lord, in our church, in Hong Kong, in China, and in the whole world, which
belongs to you,
In Your name we pray, Amen.