Daily Prayers for November 4

Watchman Nee (1903 – 1972)

Watchman Nee was a Chinese church leader in the early twentieth century. He was born into a Methodist family on November 4, 1903. Nee was a courageous pastor and writer who saw a great revival in China. He had no formal theological training, but with a deep commitment, he undertook thirty years of ministry in the underground church in China. Eventually he was imprisoned for his faith and remained in prison for two decades until his death in 1972.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us bow down and bend the knee : let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Song “Poor Wayfaring Stranger”

Be not far away, O Lord : you are my strength; hasten to help me.

Psalm 22:12 17

Many young bulls encircle me : strong bulls of Bashan surround me.

They open wide their jaws at me : like a ravening and a roaring lion.

I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint : my heart within my breast is melting wax.

My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth : and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.

Packs of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me : they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.

They stare and gloat over me : they divide my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.

Be not far away, O Lord : you are my strength; hasten to help me.

Joel 2:1 – 11 Revelation 9:13 – 21

Be not far away, O Lord : you are my strength; hasten to help me.

Salvadoran martyr Rutilio Grande said, “It is a dangerous thing to be a Christian in our world.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, remind us that we are resident aliens, called to be in the world but not of it. Show us today what it means to live as though your kingdom has come, while trusting that it is still coming. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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