Prayer: Almighty God, we thank you for your church and the impact she has on the world. We thank you that she is called “salt and light” in a decaying and dark place where the enemy of the souls of men holds them captive. Yet, we look around and see your church in some circles failing to live up to the mandates of the King and Head of the church. Instead of sticking to the main things, the ordinary means of grace, she has replaced it with cultural, societal, and political methods that undercut the very Gospel of the Lord Jesus. Instead of preaching the Word and the gospel of Christ, which is the power of God for salvation, she has turned to other inventions and schemes of men. Instead of believing that the preached Word accomplishes great things, she has supplanted it with other activities that are bound up in the foolishness of this world. In short, your church in some corners of this world has adultered your Word and harmed your sheep. We pray, our God, that you would rise up in our day and turn the minds and hearts of those who would pervert your truth and bring them to their knees in true, godly repentance. Father, we are in dire and perilous times, and we long to be faithful to you and discharge the mandate of the Savior: to preach the Word and the full counsel of God. We know there are many of your servants who are faithfully persevering in difficult circumstances. We pray for them that you would bless and keep them. We know that many are striving to persevere against the majority who cause division within your church. We ask that you make your face shine upon them and give them peace. We pray, Lord, that you would destroy the theological liberalism that is reigning and exalt your name. We pray for your sheep, who are looking to their under-shepherds for help and guidance and receiving methods and ideas that rob them of a healthy diet. We pray that your sheep would not fall captive to blind guides who mislead them. We pray these things in the name of the King, Head, and Shepherd of the church, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Matt. 16:18; Rom. 1:16; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Num. 6:24-26; John 10; Matt. 15:14; Is. 9:16; Ezek. 34