Jun 13, 2013

Prayers of the People: Galatians 5: 22-23

Here’s a prayer of intercession inspired by Galatians 5: 22-23 (the fruits of the Spirit).  It comes from the Kir-shalom website.

Prayer of Intercession
(inspired by Galatians 5: 22-23)
Lord, listen to your children praying,
Lord, send your Spirit in this place;
Lord, listen to your children praying,
Send us love, send us power, send us grace!

Lord our God,
we Your people come to You this day
fully aware that we need your presence and your help in our lives,
yet aware as well that we often fail to stop and to turn to you for that help. 
We get caught up in the troubles and the turmoils of daily living—
we become busy with the goals that we have set for ourselves
and those that come to us from our work and our families and our friends.  
We strive to be loving,
we seek joy and peace,
we desire to be gentle and patient and kind,
to show goodness, and to have self-control—
and yet these things all too often elude us.  
Help us, Lord, to root ourselves more deeply in you;
to seek your will for our lives;
to stop and to listen for your voice when we are troubled;
to fully rely on you  when we strive to do what is right;
to remember you and trust in you when we are assaulted;
to meditate on your goodness and your gracious will when we begin each day—
so that like trees by a stream which send down their roots to the water,
we may produce by your power the fruit of your Spirit.
Lord, hear our prayer..

Lord, listen to your children praying….

Gracious God,
we remember the concerns and prayers
that have been lifted up this past week
by members of this congregation and our community—
concerns and prayers that we now pray for with them:

* For all those who are lonely, fearful or in pain
* for those who struggling with addictions and dependencies
that cripple their living and harm the world about them...
Lord, hear our prayer...

Lord, listen to your children praying….

We pray too, O Lord,
for those who come fresh to our minds and hearts this day:
perhaps a family member we have prayed for over many weeks or years,
or a friend who is struggling to find meaning in his life,
an acquaintance who needs healing,
a stranger who needs the comfort of your Spirit as they grieve.
Lord, hear now your people as they pray
and name those names, those concerns, before you.
Lord, hear our prayer...

Lord, listen to your children praying….

Thank you, Lord, for being our God and making us your people. 
Thank you for growing in us and for helping us to grow.  
Thank you for the ministry you entrust to us.  
May your will be done in us and by us,
both now and forevermore.  Amen.