Prayers of the People: John 15: 1-8

Here’s a prayer of intercession for the fifth Sunday of Easter from the Lutheran Church of Australia.

Prayer of the Church – Easter 5B

Jesus said, 'If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.' Let us now approach him with confidence.

Risen Lord, you came as a sacrifice for our sin.  Give us faith to accept this act of love, so that we turn from all human efforts and drink in the atoning righteousness of your death and resurrection.
Lord, in your mercy... hear our prayer.

Risen Lord, you are the true vine and we are the branches. By your Spirit, produce the fruit of love, joy, peace, and patience in us for others to taste and enjoy.  Keep us from hanging on to love for ourselves. Prune all selfishness from us and fill us with your love.
Lord, in your mercy... hear our prayer.

Risen Lord, have mercy on your earth and supply its needs. Where people are hungry, give food. Where people are in distress, comfort them.  Where people are in trouble, bring order and peace.  And turn the whole world to you in faith, repentance and praise. 
Lord, in your mercy... hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus Christ, focus our love on people we know with special needs.  Heal those who are unwell particularly (insert names) and others in need whom we now name silently in our hearts... (brief silence)
Lord, in your mercy... hear our prayer.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for hearing us and caring for us in all our needs.  Constantly intercede for us before our heavenly Father, and open our eyes that we may see him through you.  We ask all this in your holy name, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

— from the Lutheran Church of Australia’s Worship Planning Page (revised slightly). 

For more prayers on this blog, see the Scriptural Prayer Index at the upper right side of the page.