Feb 10, 2012

Prayers of the People: Lent


Here’s a beautiful prayer of intercession for Lent.  It was written by John Birch, and posted on his wonderful Faith and Worship website.

Lenten Intercessions

The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
(Psalm 145:2)

God of the blessed
we praise you,
for mercy shown, grace given,
living water, Spirit’s power.

We ask you
for daily strength,
hope for tomorrow,
your word to guide,
strong feet to follow.

The Psalmist says:
“Show me your ways, O LORD,
teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.”
(Psalm 25:4-5)

God of the oppressed
we bring to you
the broken ones, forgotten ones,
exploited and abused ones.
Bring freedom and release,
love and compassion
to damaged hearts and souls

(silence)

God of compassion
Hear our prayer.

God of the distressed,
we bring to you
the grieving ones, hurting ones,
suffering and wounded ones.
Bring wholeness and healing
comfort and relief,
to broken bodies and minds

(silence)
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

God of the dispossessed
we bring to you
the lonely ones, the homeless ones,
thirsty, tired and penniless ones.
Bring hope and sustenance
physical and spiritual food,
to hungry bodies and souls
(silence)
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
May the peace, love and compassion of the Lord
Be with you now and always
AMEN

— written by John Birch, and posted on his Faith and Worship website.  Visit that site for many other excellent worship resources. http://www.faithandworship.com/
For more resources for Lent, click on Lent in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page. For more prayer resources, see the Scriptural Prayer Index at the upper right side of the page.