Prayers for 21 February 2016

Lord God, we thank You for the privilege of prayer, for the doors it opens, that through Jesus we are able to speak, hear, and know our Creator.

You are the source of all goodness, generosity and love. You are the God of yesterday, today and forever, and we praise your Holy name. Help us to love and serve you in all our ways, because you are worthy.

We thank you that you know the suffering and misery of the lost and unloved, the hurt and hungry, the persecuted and the preyed upon. We repent of the mistakes we have made – the things we have done wrong, and the things we have not done which we know we should. Forgive us Lord, and help us to make a difference in this world, for Your glory and purposes and for the sake of our fellow men.

Help us to be known as generous givers, help us to look to the needs of others and not be consumed by only our own. We ask that You help us to always remember that all are your children, all are made in Your likeness, and we are called to love them as ourselves. We pray for Your blessings to cover us all.

We thank You for opening the hearts of many to those who are fleeing for their lives. Help us now to open our arms in welcome, and reach out our hands in support, that the desperate may find hope for freedom and security.

Bind us to your word, and send your Holy Spirit to inspire our lives to be a daily act of worship and obedience, yielding to your commands. Help us to be lovers of truth, and may the fruits of Your Spirit always be evident in our lives – your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Set Your ways before us; may all Your plans succeed. Help us always to reflect Your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs to know Your presence and healing.

Lord we know You promise to comfort those who mourn. We lift to You the family and friends of all those known to us who are grieving at this time, or whose anniversaries of loss fall at this time.

Lord, we pray for healing for all who are sick in mind, body or spirit that they may be made whole. Grant to all who are lonely, anxious or depressed a knowledge of your love and an awareness of your presence. Mend broken relationships, and restore soundness of mind and serenity of spirit to those in distress. Grant to all who minister to those who are suffering wisdom, sympathy and patience. We pray for members of our church family who suffer today.

Make Your ways known upon earth, Lord God, Your saving power among all peoples. Renew Your church in holiness and help us to serve You with joy.

Father, to You be all glory and honour; hear our prayers, in Jesus’ name and for his sake;

Amen.

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