Dear FPC—
            A Time To Pray.  
It feels like the world is going crazy.  COVID, senseless killings of black men, huge protests, a spirit of lawlessness leading to rioting and violence and destruction, a spirit of division driving us apart, many businesses still closed down (and some will not reopen), and now surging numbers of new cases of COVID 19 here in Utah.  Lord have Mercy! 
It is time to pray.  Let us take special time over the next week (through Friday, June 12) to pray and to fast for our country, our state, and our community.  Praying isn’t the only thing we should do, but it is the first thing—the foundation of any wise course of action.  
“If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:14 
As you pray ask God’s Holy Spirit to lead you and listen for His nudges.  Here are some requests to consider:
Show me my own sin; reveal to me the darkness of my own heart (Ps.139:24)
Reveal to me the repentance I need in my own life.
The ending of the lawlessness and violence.
Justice for those who have had their lives taken from them, especially George Floyd, and comfort for their families.
Comfort for the family and friends of the thousands of people who have lost their lives because of Covid-19.
Help for the millions who find themselves suddenly without a job.
Provision for all those business owners who have lost their business because of rioting, for those who have insurance and those who do not.
Strength for the health care workers, nurses, doctors, technicians in hospitals and medical facilities who continue to work fearlessly to save lives.
Wisdom for our government and civil leaders as they seek to keep us safe both from the virus and from the violence in our cities.
Food and provision for those who are hungry and in need.
Fresh anointing for the Church of Jesus Christ to faithfully proclaim the Gospel and reach people who are hurting, suffering, alone, and in need.
Specific acts of grace and mercy that You want me to carry out in this time.
Here is a prayer for our country that I borrowed from the Book of Common Prayer (slightly edited):
Almighty God, you have given us this good land, we humbly beg that we may always be a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will.  Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure conduct.  
Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. 
Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes who came here from many kindreds and tongues.  
Lord, send your spirit of wisdom to those to whom, in your Name, we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we may show forth your praise among the nations of the earth.  
In a time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble don’t let our trust in you fail—all of this we ask in through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  
 
Remember, Jesus said:  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”  Luke 11:9-10.  
Let’s start knocking!  
 
Grace and peace to you,
 
Pastor Steve

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