Feb 15, 2013

Prayers of the People: Healing River


Here’s a prayer of intercession I wrote for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s collection of resources for Lent/World Water Day (March 22).

Prayer for Others
(inspired by Isaiah 55:1-5, John 4:13-15, Psalm 63:1-2,
John 7:37-39, Revelation 21:6)

Holy God,
whose Spirit moved over the waters at the dawn of creation,
hear our prayers for all who thirst today.

We pray for those who are spiritually thirsty,
who long to know Your presence, but don’t know where to find You.
We pray for those who are alone and without hope,
those who long to feel needed and loved,
those who are searching for meaning and purpose. 

O healing river,
pour down Your waters, and heal Your people.

We pray for all who are physically thirsty,
who don’t have enough water to drink, or feed their animals,
whose fields are parched, whose crops have withered;
those who have to walk long distances to find enough water to survive,
or who have to be content with water that is unclean.
We pray for those whose homes and villages are torn apart
because of drought or famine.

O healing river,
pour down Your waters, and heal Your people.

We pray for those who are thirsty for justice,
who long for an equal sharing of resources among peoples and nations;
those who put their lives at risk to protect streams and rivers and oceans;
those who are working to find clean water, 
and make it available to those who need it.

O healing river,
pour down Your waters, and heal Your people.

God, we ask that you would open our hearts to the needs of all who thirst.
Give us courage to work together for justice,
to stand alongside those who are thirsty,
so that all people, everywhere, may live without want or fear,
and may discover the abundant life You promise to each one.
In the name of Jesus Christ—the source of living water—we pray.  Amen.

 

~ written by Christine Longhurst, in Worship Resources for Lent & World Water Day, 2013.  Posted on the Canadian Foodgrains Bank website.  http://foodgrainsbank.ca/lent_worship_resources.aspx