Jul 24, 2013

Prayers of the People: Luke 12: 32

Here’s a prayer of intercession inspired by Luke 12: 32. It was written by Rev. Anne Patton

Prayer of Intercession
(inspired by Luke 12: 32)

“So don’t be afraid, little flock.
For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” Luke 12:32

Lord Jesus Christ, you tell us not to be afraid of what the future holds, not to worry about tomorrow, but you know how difficult we find it to heed your words. For we worry about so many things, our families, our friends, our circumstances, some worries big worries, most worries tiny niggles. We come before you this day with these big and tiny worries, and with confidence we know we can lay them all at your feet.

We bring our big worries about health and happiness and security for ourselves and for our loved ones. We bring big worries about the world we live in and its future existence as we continue to fail to address so many ecological problems. We bring big worries about the way people in our world are treated as less than human, exploited, tortured, helpless and abused.

Father God, we know that you are concerned with every aspect of our lives, so we also bring the little things that concern us, the worries which keep us awake at night, the worries which only you know.

Living God, reach out to all those for whom the future brings fears and uncertainties. Assure then that you are with them, even when that future seems dark and circumstances feel like they are spiraling out of control. Remind them that you are able to transform even the bleakest of situations, bring healing and wholeness.

Lord we make our prayers in faith, for we know that your Spirit is at work in our world making all things new.  Amen

~ written by Rev. Anne Patton, and posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website.