May 31, 2012

Prayers of the People: Psalm 9

Here’s a prayer of intercession inspired by Psalm 9. It was written by Jeff Shrowder.

Prayer of Intercession
(based on Psalm 9:13-14, 18-19) 

Be gracious, O LORD,
and look upon your church throughout the world,
guiding its search for the unity
for which Jesus prayed.
Rise up, O Lord,
and hear our prayer.

Be gracious, O LORD,
and look upon the distress of those
who are persecuted for their faith;
those whose path ahead seems dim;
those who are victims of oppressive relationships.
Look upon the needy,
that they may know the warmth of your faithfulness,
that their hope may not be snuffed out
like a fitful candle flame
Rise up, O Lord,
and hear our prayer.

Be gracious, O LORD,
and look upon those whom we name today
and those named in our hearts,
that in the darkness of their circumstance,
they may feel the gentle light of your presence.
Rise up, O Lord,
and hear our prayer.

Lord God,
let your glory appear among us
and make us sharers of your eternity,
with all your saints,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

— Copyright © Jeff Shrowder, on The Billabong website. http://thebillabong.info/  For use in worship with acknowledgement.