Feb 23, 2012

Prayer of Intercession - February 26, 2012

Here’s a prayer of intercession for February 26, 2012 (the first Sunday of Lent), written by the people at World News This Week in Prayer (see below for link).

Prayers of the People: February 26, 2012

Holy God, loving Presence, Gentle Spirit hear us as we pray.
We pray not to change you but to change ourselves  
and align our will more completely with yours.

We pray for an end to war...and a bold prayer it is.
For peace comes when we all take only what we need
and not everything we want.  
Peace comes when we stand wholly for you
and wholly with you,
even when it means going against the culture,
going against the grain and going against what is popular.
And yet.we pray for peace.
and in praying open ourselves to the transforming power
of your love and grace.

We pray for
- the people of Darfur as their endless war claims more lives,
yet there is a glimmer of hope as 49 peacekeepers are freed.

- the people of Syria as war rages
even as peace talks are under way.

- the people of Somalia
as the United Nations votes to increase
the African Union's peace keeping forces
in the face of advancing Ethiopian forces.

We pray for:
- those who are in need;
we know that your holy heart is turned always to the poor and dispossessed.
May our hearts be turned as well
that we might look with compassion and not judgment
on those whose lives spiral out of control
on the down side of bad decisions and bad luck and broken spirits.

- all who struggle with addictions
that they may find the way to recovery and wholeness

- victims of sexual violence
and especially for teens who are trapped in abusive dating relationships,
that they may hear the voices of care around them
and reach for the help they need.

- all who live with unemployment and under-employment
and feel the pain of not being able to support their families
that they may receive compassionate care and sufficient employment.

The world is filled with so much hurt and hate,
we look with disdain on those who are different from us
and judge them out of our fear.
Jesus taught us that perfect love casts out fear
and so we reach for that love that we might know it and share it
and in small ways transform hurt and hate to healing.

Keep us mindful of what it means
to be your hands and feet and voice and heart in the world
and bind us with your grace as seek to live your way and will each day.

— from World in Prayer, a ministry of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi, California, USA.  Prayers are written by a team of writers representing different denominations throughout the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.

For more worship resources for the first Sunday of Lent (February 26, 2012), click on Lent 1 B in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page.