Feb 15, 2012

Prayers of the People for Lent 2

Here’s a prayer of intercession for the second Sunday of Lent.  It was written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on his Kir-shalom website.

Prayer of Intercession for the Second Sunday of Lent
(based on Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Mark 8:31-38, Romans 4:13-25)

O Lord, we give you thanks for the example of Abraham and for all the saints who have gone before us - for those who waited in patience for your promises to come to pass - for those who lived in hope while around them it seemed to be only darkness, for those who witnessed to you when it was not considered the proper thing to do, for those who forgot their own selves in their desire to obey your commands and respond to your call upon their lives.   Help us today, O God, to examine the level of our faith - to look seriously at our resistance to talk about the cross and about sacrifice; and to consider in prayer our reluctance to give up the things of this world - to risk our reputations, our comfort, and our security for the sake of following you - for the sake of witnessing to you - for the sake of obeying you ....  

Lord, hear our prayer, and in your love, answer.

We pray, O Lord, that you would make us bold in our faith.  By our self-forgetting, our  self-denial, help us make visible to all our brothers and sisters the reality of your power and care - that power and care that is so often made evident when we confess our weakness - and so often concealed from others when we are strong..... 

Lord, hear our prayer, and in your love, answer.

We pray, O Lord, for those people whose names, or faces, or needs are resting upon our hearts – for the members of our church whose health is failing as they age – for those believers whose families are struggling to deal with teenage rebellion and adult confusion and uncertainty – for those who have little or no faith and who seem to be lost even though your light shines around them and your word is close to hand.... 

Lord, hear our prayer, and in your love, answer.

We pray, O Lord, for those in our family, our church, our community and our world that you bring to our hearts and minds at this time – and we hold them up to you   with the words of our lips....  (Bidding Prayer)...

All these things we we pray to, through your Son Jesus, who died that we might live, and who lives that we might never die.  Amen.

— written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on his Kir-shalom website. http://www.rockies.net/

For more worship resources for March 4, 2012 (the second Sunday of Lent), click on Lent 2 B in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page. For more prayer resources on this blog, see the Scriptural Index of Prayers at the upper right side of the page.