Prayers of the People: Easter 2

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

Prayer of Intercession
(based on John 20:19-31; Acts 4:32-35)

Let us pray.

Today O God we are reminded by your Holy Word of what people of faith are like—we are reminded of their joy and trust in you—we are reminded of how they care for one another and reach out to help their brothers and sisters—we are reminded of how your presence in their lives conquers their doubts and fears.  Lord, work strongly in us and conform our lives to the example of Jesus and of all those with a living faith—help us walk in your glorious light and rejoice in your saving truth….
Lord hear our prayer....

Gracious God, we recall how the sadness of the disciples was turned to joy and of how their fear was turned to courage by your risen presence.  Help us show your present reality to all those around us who dwell in fear and sadness.  Help us, and the people of Christ everywhere, to bring comfort to those who grieve, strength to those who are ill, and blessings to all those in need…. 
Lord hear our prayer....

Lord, hear our prayer too for those in special need of your presence this day—we ask that your Spirit may touch those we name before you in the silence of our hearts—that your Son might visit them and speak a word of healing, that your nameless servants in this world might bring unto them your comfort and your grace...  we especially remember before you...BIDDING PRAYER....
Lord hear our prayer….

We thank you O God, for your power and presence in our lives.  Make us known as a people who share that power and presence, so that the glory we intend to give unto you may be given by all, and so that our joy may be compete in Christ Jesus our Lord - who taught us to pray as one saying,
Our Father….

— written by Rev.  Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on his Kir-shalom website.