The 5th Sunday of Easter.
Heavenly Father, in this time of Eastertide we offer this prayer in the name of Your Son, our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who gave his life for us and returned to give us new life. We turn to you Father with our songs and prayers and praise, for the Shepherd who seeks out the lost sheep and guides them home to Your flock.
We thank you for sending Your Son into our world, to teach us the true meaning of love. He said “I am the true vine”, you give us the opportunity to be its fruit and by Your grace to increase our yield. As branches draw strength and nourishment from the stem and the roots, let us draw on the goodness of Christ to grow in faith.
In the week of the election, we thank you for the freedom to democratically choose our own government. We pray for those seeking election to public office, that they will serve your people with honesty, integrity and compassion. We pray that those elected will pursue policies that are fair to all, in harmony with Your word and your Kingdom to come.
As we place an X on our ballot paper, let us pray for those who do not live in a democracy. We pray for places where government is corrupt and oppressive, selfishly serving the wants of its members, not the needs of the people.
We pray for Your church, especially in the places that there is no freedom of worship. We ask that all of faith might be free to worship You in mutual respect of each other and that their churches become beacons of hope, welcoming all in their communities.
We give thanks and praise too for the birth of the new princess to William and Kate, members of the Royal family. We ask your blessing upon her and her parents.
Father God we pray for all held in captivity, especially innocents kidnapped or abducted. We thank you for the liberation in Nigeria, by their military, of the 200 girls and 93 women imprisoned by Boko Haram. We continue to pray for the safe release of the schoolgirls seized from Chibok over a year ago who are still in captivity, and ask for your strength and comfort for their families.
A week after the earthquake in Nepal, we give thanks for the aid sent and the pledges of more to assist the recovery from the devastating effects. We pray that all the pledges will be honoured. We pray for everyone affected, by the death of or injury to loved ones, and for all who have been displaced from their homes.
We thank You for the aid workers risking their safety to bring food, water and medical supplies and personnel and especially relief to the hard-to-reach mountain villages, where transport is difficult and communication poor.
Father of mercy who gave us the ability to cure, only you have the power to heal. Hear us as we bring to you those we know who are in need of your gentle healing, whether their need be physical, mental or spiritual. We name before you today:
May the healing power of our risen Lord fill all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit. May he take away all that hurts or harms and give strength, peace and comfort to all in need.
Eternal Father, who in joy created us from Your Spirit, grant us ever deeper knowledge of the joy and gladness of heart that is found in Your Son, Jesus Christ.
Merciful Father, accept this prayer for the sake of your son, our saviour Jesus Christ.