Apr 4, 2012

Intercessions: Fill Us with Your Joy


Here’s a prayer of intercession written for Easter 2, Year B.  It was written by Paul Sauer.

Prayer of the People
(based on Psalm 133, John 20:24-29)

Holy Spirit, help your fractured church to be of one heart and soul, that our proclamation will resonate with great power, and great grace may be upon us all.

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

Lord Jesus Christ, you prayed to Our Father that we would be one church. Help us receive you like Aaron, rejoicing with precious oil upon his head. Help us receive you like morning dew upon the mountains, valleys and prairies. Help us rely upon your precious promise of life forevermore. 

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

Word of Life, eternal life, make our joy complete with the God of light, in whom there is no darkness at all.

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

Heavenly Father, forgiver of our every sin, help us look to Jesus Christ, your beloved Son, as our advocate and redeemer, not only for ourselves, but for your whole world.

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

Lord Jesus Christ, when we behave like Thomas, letting ourselves be filled with doubt, give us strength to constantly return to your church, with our doubt, until we confess “My Lord and My God” on the day of your visitation.

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

We bring before you people we know with special needs...burdens too heavy to bear alone, disease that will not be healed on this earth, and afflictions that can be healed by your precious touch ____.

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

Help us listen closely to your Word,
even as you listen closely to our prayers. Amen.

— written by Paul Sauer, and posted on the Lutheran Forum website.