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2020 International Prayer Breakfast: Readings and Prayer

Christian Embassy New York September 15, 2020

Prayer for the United Nations

September 15, 2020

Almighty God, we humbly gather in Your holy name this hour.  We pause to recognize You as our Creator, Sustainer, Sovereign, and Merciful Savior.  We acknowledge that although separated this morning due to the novel coronavirus, you are not limited by space or time as the ever-present God of the universe.  May we know the reality of Your presence wherever this finds us during this appointed hour in our United Nations history.

As we anticipate this 75th General Assembly, we acknowledge our need for global solutions as well as forgiveness for the times we have compromised Your godly demands for justice, righteousness, and genuine concern for others.  We look to You to supply all we need:

We need Your wisdom to discern what is right

We need Your power to do what is right.

We need Your love and compassion in dedicating our efforts to those who suffer.

We need courage to stand against evil in all its various forms.

Help us O God.

This morning we are grateful for the dedicated service of President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande this past year.  Bless him in all his future efforts for global peace.  We pray especially now for our President-elect, His Excellency Mr.  Volkan Bozkir.  May you anoint him as an instrument of your peace and as a vessel for your vision for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.  We also bring before you Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.  May you protect and guide him as the face of this organization around the globe.  Give him the energy and resolve to do the right thing at the right time according to your perfect will.

We implore Your divine intervention in the wars between nations and strife within families.  Take away famines, viruses, human trafficking, and slavery in all their forms. Have mercy on the millions of refugees around the world mourning their losses and trying to begin new lives.  Continue to lead us as we seek collaboration, cooperation and a creative resolve to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. May Your Kingdom come Lord, and may Your will be done, through us, on earth as it is in heaven.  

In the peaceful name of Jesus, Amen.

 

Scripture Readings

The Book of Psalms in the Old Testament, Chapter 107, verses 23 – 31.

23 Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters, 24 They see the works of the LORD, And His wonders in the deep. 25 For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea. 26 They mount up to the heavens, They go down again to the depths; Their soul melts because of trouble. 27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. 29 He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. 30 Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven. 31 Oh, that all creation would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

 

The Gospel of Mark in the New Testament, Chapter 4, verses 35 – 41.

35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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