God above, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hears every prayer. We offer you this prayer for Your world, Your Church and for ourselves. As we know you you hear it, we know too you will answer; not when or how we expect or intend but in Your wisdom, in the time and in the way You know we need.
When Paul visited the young church in Corinth, he did not speak “in lofty words” but plainly so that everyone might understand. Let us learn from his example to speak clearly and simply so that what we say might be understood and let us remember that, as a lamp that is covered is useless, so too are words not understood or worse mis-understood or spoken in anger, that might create disunity and conflict.We pray that you show us how to use words wisely, that Your Word is our word and that we may find wisdom by better understanding Your Word.
In the rain and storms of recent weeks, some of us have been relatively unaffected, for which we give you thanks Lord. Others have not been so blessed and we pray for everyone affected by flooding, who have had to leave homes that have been damaged or destroyed. We pray for the farmers and farmland that will be useless to grow crops or rear animals, because the land is underwater and will be waterlogged for many months.
Heavenly Father we pray for the Winter Olympic Games, now underway. We ask that the competitors take part in a spirit of friendship. As we watch them on television, and cheer on our sportsmen and sportswomen, let us be reminded by Paul that the glory of the medals will fade but your glory is eternal.
Lord of Peace and Justice, we thank you for the progress and ceasefire in Syria that is allowing some relief to the city of Homs. We pray that this small step, letting the old, young and vulnerable be evacuated, will lead to greater progress to peace in that troubled nation.
Father God, speak peace into hearts where peoples meet,
justice where ideas and ideals clash,
mercy where power reigns,
healing where minds and bodies hurt
and unity where there is division.
Whilst we remember the children in places of conflict, like Syria, or in regions of disaster, we pray too for our own local children. For the social services and Youth workers, for the volunteers who care in other ways for them. We pray especially today for children from broken homes who need foster carers and that more families will come forward to offer that care.
Lord Jesus Christ, we bring to you all the children of your world,
their openness and friendliness,
enquiry and creativity.
We ask that you forgive our readiness to classify and divide them;
to demand their conformity.
Help us to encourage and understand them,
that their spirits may be lifted for your world’s sake.
Living God, source of light and life, we bring to you all those know or unknown to us who need your healing, comfort and strength as they suffer illness or brokenness of body or mind.
Jesus our healer,
we place in your gentle care all who are sick.
Ease their pain and heal their damage.
Fill them with your warmth and love
now and always.
accept our prayer for the sake of your son,
our saviour, Jesus Christ.
Written with inspiration from Angela Ashwin’s,
The Book Of A Thousand Prayers.