Jan 4, 2014

Pastoral Prayer: John 1: 29-42

Here’s a pastoral prayer inspired by John 1: 29-42.  It was posted on I’m just saying.

Pastoral Prayer
(inspired by John 1:29-42)

Gracious God,
you have enriched and enlightened us by the revelation of your eternal Christ. 
Comfort us in our mortality
and strengthen us to walk the path of your desire,
so that by word and deed we may manifest the gracious news
of your faithfulness and love.

Holy Father,
Father of Christ who asked the disciples,
“What are you looking for,”
and who offered the invitation to “Come and See,”
open our hearts to what you reveal and give us the courage to follow. 
By Your Spirit aid us in our journey,
so that like John, our words and deeds point to the Lamb of God. 
For those who are suffering, let us point to Christ through comfort. 
For those who are hungry, let us point to Christ through bread. 
For those in the grip of despair, let us point to Christ through hope.

Almighty God,
whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world:
Grant that your people, illumined by your Word,
may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory,
that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth.
We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and forever,
as we continue to pray saying: Our Father, who art in heaven….