Mar 28, 2012

Prayer of Intercession: Passion Sunday

Here’s a prayer of intercession for Palm/Passion Sunday from the Lutheran Church of Australia.

Prayer of the Church: Palm/Passion Sunday

God the Son humbled himself, taking on human flesh, suffering and dying in our place. Let us pray to God our Father, and place in his hands the suffering of the world.

We pray for the church, that we may humbly bear our crosses and follow Jesus as our King and Lord.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

We pray for pastors entrusted with your holy word, like the priests and scribes.  May they preserve the truth of your word and teach and live according to it.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

We pray for those who have sinned, like Peter.  Teach us to be sorry for our sins, and forgive us all that we do wrong.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

We pray for prisoners and criminals like Barrabas.  May they find true freedom by changing the way they live.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

We pray for all in government, like Pilate and Herod.  May they use their power properly, and serve truth and justice.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

We pray for those who are dying, like the thieves crucified with Jesus.  May they die with Jesus by their side, and be received into your kingdom. 
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

We pray for parents like Mary who have lost a child.  May they bear their suffering and know the comfort of your love.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

We pray for peace in areas where there is unrest and conflict. Protect our brothers and sisters in Christ in these places.  May their neighbours see the Son of God in them.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

We pray for the whole human race, that all will come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour, pray for those who hurt them, and forgive them too.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

And we pray for those with special needs who are known to us personally, and whom we now name silently in our hearts... (brief silence)
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Father, may the suffering and death of Jesus lighten the burdens of all who suffer. Lead us in the way of the cross, that as we suffer with Jesus, so we may rise to life in his glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

— from the Lutheran Church of Australia’s Worship Planning Page

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