For the Church to come back to you

Dear heavenly Father, You are a great and awesome God Who has loved us with an everlasting love and has sent the Lord Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins… You have raised us up and seated us together with Christ in heavenly places and yet all we deserve is death, for there are none that are righteous, except You Lord Jesus..

Father we come humbly before Your throne of grace confessing the many sins of the church and the great apostasy into which so many of Your blood-bought children have fallen. Father You gave us Your Word of truth and we have turned aside from its truth and are teaching or practising another gospel, which must grieve Your Spirit. We have not taken to heart the beautiful scripture that You have given to us for our learning and encouragement but have left our first love to drink out of the systems of the world – and truly Lord there seems to be no health in the Body of believers –yet all are united with Him forever.

Listen to the pleadings of Your servant and our cries for mercy. Forgive us Lord of the way that we as a body have turned from You and adopted so many of the world’s false philosophies and destructing thinking. We have not loved You as You deserve, we have not delighted in Your Word – we have neglected the beautiful truths and instructions that are contained in its pages. We have become selfish and careless in our attitudes to others and to You and there is no health in us… Forgive us Lord.

I pray that as a body we would turn from all that is evil – all that is not of You – all that discredits Your name –all that grieves Your Holy Spirit and return to the truth of Your holy Word, which we have all too readily failed to practice.

May we once again become a peculiar people – a praying people – a people that is separated from the world – a people that loves You with all our heart and soul and mind - and a people that places the Lord Jesus in His rightful position in our lives. I pray that we may once again show forth Your praises and glory – not only with lips but in our lives, by giving up ourselves daily to You and by walking in newness of life –to Your praise and glory – in Jesus name I pray,

Amen