Prayers of the People: Luke 12: 49-56

Here’s a prayer of intercession inspired by Luke 12: 49-56. It was written by Bruce Prewer.

Prayer of Intercession
(inspired by Luke 12: 49-56)

God of Christ Jesus, please hear our prayers for the human family in its happiness or its distress. Gather us up into the reconciling fire of your love, that we may be purged of all that fosters misery, and inducted into everything that creates love, joy and peace.

We commend to you those who feel ground down or broken,
isolated or alienated.

We commend to you the hungry or homeless, anxious or in agony.

We commend to you those who through terrorism and war
are shattered and despairing.

We commend to you the frightened and insane,
the dying and grieving.

We commend to you the tempted and the fallen,
the fearful and the faithless.

We commend to you the church with its truth and error,
its faith and its fear.

We commend to you all who love Christ,
and work for his way of reconciliation, justice, compassion, and peace.

God of Christ Jesus,
we submit these prayers to your refining fire.
Purify all that is pleases you for the service of your kingdom of grace,
where no good thing is discarded, and no loving deed wasted. 
For your love’s sake.

~ written by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Home Page.