The Sunday Before Lent.
Living God who knows each of us by name, we thank You for coming to us in human form in Your Son, to show us how to live and to teach us how to pray. We offer you this prayer in Jesus name.
God said to His Son, at both Jesus’ baptism and later on the mountain top with Peter, James and John, in the company of Moses and Elijah, “with Him I am well pleased”. God is with us at every stage of life and He knows our thoughts and our actions. We pray that with His guidance and by our faith in Him, that when the time is right He will say to us, ‘With you I am well pleased’.
As we prepare for Lent and to honour Your Son, guide us in faith. Be with all who attempt an initiative during the 40 days, and attempt the challenges it offers.
We pray for those affected by storm Doris in the United Kingdom, especially the family and friends of the woman killed in the West Midlands, after debris was blown onto her. May she be at peace with You, Father and her family and friends comforted by your presence. We pray for those who were without power and especially for the homeless, without shelter, that we take for granted.
We pray for places where there is violence, intolerance and injustice. This week we pray for those affected by the bomb blast in Lahore. Receive the souls of the dead, heal the injured and comfort the bereaved.
Living God, source of life, we pray for the unwell whether injured or ill, physically or mentally and for the bereaved who have lost someone. We offer them into Your gentle hands to comfort them, ease their pain and still their suffering.
May Your light surround them,
Your presence enfold them,
And Your power heal them.
As Your light shone around those who accompanied Jesus, let it shine in our hearts. As Jesus shines in glory, let that radiance spread across the world and on into the universe bringing peace and love wherever it shines, banishing shadow.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of Your son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.