Prayers of the People: Mark 13: 5-8

Here’s a prayer of intercession inspired by Jesus’ words in Mark 13: 5-8.  It was written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild.

Prayers of the People
(inspired by Mark 13:5-8)

There is fear O God, and there is uncertainty in many  human hearts—
even in our hearts today—and for some—every day.

There is aimlessness in the hearts of others—
senseless excitements about the details of the end of time,
about the signs that are around us, for us to read and to understand—
and yet they have no peace in this knowing
and often argue about the meaning of things with others
instead of breathing in the strength of earth and sky
and breathing out love and compassion upon their own selves
and the self of the world around them—the world you have made.

O Great God,
you know about Fear, Aimlessness, Senseless excitements,
and deep depressions of the soul. 
You understand the afflictions of the lonely—
of those who have no one to draw close to. 
We pray especially today for these O God,
that they may know your presence and see your power
and be consumed by your glory
and so find that which we all need.... 

Shine your light, we pray,
upon those we name before you in our hearts now,
be it ourselves, or the person next to us,
or one we left at home,
perhaps one we heard about on TV
or the one who is our neighbour.
Peace, O God, to them as we lift them up before you now...

Lord, hear our prayer...

~ written by Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on the Kir-shalom website.