Sermon by Uchenna Anyanwu

Repentance and forgiveness in Jesus' name is proclaimed to all nations!

 

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Sunday, April 30, 2017
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Prayers for Peace-Building

Blessed are the peacemakers (Matthew 5:9).

The theme of this weekend’s Global Outreach Conference, Mission as Peace-Building, reaches into many areas of life. Below are two prayers that carry it into two strategic places. The first prayer was written by Pastor Tony Evans, founder of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas. His radio program, The Alternative, is aired daily in the US and across the globe. His prayer connects peace-building to marriage:

Lord, you know that there are issues and areas in my marriage that could drive my spouse and me apart. But God, I ask you, in the name of Jesus our Lord, to heal these areas and bring peace to our home and our hearts. Lord, start with me. Help me put on “shoes of peace” when I’m with my spouse. Let me reflect your peace when I respond to misunderstandings or conflict. And Satan, in the name of Jesus, I rebuke and bind your attempts to disrupt the peace of God in our home and in our hearts. I declare our home and our marriage to be place of peace, calm, and mutual kindness. In Christ’s name, amen.

The second is a prayer I wrote earlier this morning. I was reflecting on Psalm 3, which begins with the fearful cry, “Lord, do you see how much the enemies of your people have increased!” (my translation). The prayer connects peace-building to the church worldwide:

Lord, do you see how the enemies of your gospel are increasing! Here in the US, the number of atheists and “nones,” some of whom are spiteful toward the faith, has been growing. Globally, trends are moving in the same direction: militant Islam, advanced secularism in Europe, revived and aggressive Hinduism under Modi in India, and the continued repression of believers under the Communist regime in China. Lord, we your people feel threatened by these developments. But don’t let us give into fear. Don’t let us become spiteful, angry, or hateful toward our neighbors. Don’t let us respond in kind. Instead, renew in us your forgiveness. Empower us to make your church a safe refuge and active agent of genuine gospel peace and reconciliation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.