Oct 4, 2012

Prayers of the People: Proper 23 B


Here’s a prayer of intercession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 23 B (the 20th Sunday after Pentecost).  It was written by Paul Sauer.

Prayer of Intercession

Lord God, you are the God of justice, caring for the poor, the wronged, the used and the ignored. Open our eyes to see every human in need as your child, our sister, or our brother. Inspire us to care the most for those who have the least. 
Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Holy Spirit, help us see ourselves in the bitter lament of Job, who knows you are listening but cannot sense your nearness nor the reason for his suffering. Deliver us, like you delivered him.
Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Holy Spirit, we know our days our numbered. Help us live in holy expectation of your coming.
Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Heavenly Father, when we feel forsaken, lift up our eyes to see life continuing, your new world dawning, and reunion assured.
Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Lord Jesus Christ, tested like we are but without sin, give us boldness to approach your throne of grace, hand extended, love expected.
Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Lord Jesus, we worry with the disciples that our wealth is in the way. Knowing how hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God, console us with the truth that everything is possible by God's grace.
Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Hear us as we pray for those who need help and healing ____.
Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

The love of God has won. The new life has begun. Amen.

~ written by Paul Sauer.  Posted on the Lutheran Forum website. http://www.lutheranforum.org/