Aug 21, 2013

Prayer for Others: Harvest Thanksgiving

Here’s a prayer of thanksgiving and intercession for a harvest celebration.  I can’t remember where I found it.  If you know who wrote it, please let me know so that I can credit them properly.

Prayer of the Church – Harvest Thanksgiving

Our heavenly Father cares for us and knows our need.
In our prayer, let us cast our cares on him in the name of Jesus.

Merciful Father,
you have protected the fruits of the earth
and crowned the year with your blessing.
We give you thanks for physical health,
for the use of our senses,
and for our intellect and thought.
Make us good stewards of our abilities
that we may bring glory to your name every day. 
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We give you thanks Almighty God
for supplying us with water.
Help us to care for and manage our water resources wisely. 
Have mercy on those who are suffering drought,
and supply clean water to all who need it.
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We give you thanks, gracious Father,
for all the good things the earth produces. 
By your provision we are clothed and fed and lack no good thing. 
Care for those who live in want
and teach us to be generous with the gifts you have first given us.
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We give you thanks, Lord God,
for the opportunity to work, learn and rest.
Help us to serve you and others faithfully in our vocation;
and provide work for the unemployed.
Bless all places of learning and students.
Help them to learn what is good, true and beautiful,
to distinguish between right and wrong,
and to contribute to the needs of our society.
Give them strength and growth for the challenges ahead.
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Heavenly Father,
we give you thanks for works of beauty of every kind. 
By such things you have enriched and added joy to our lives. 
Bless and encourage all that is good and uplifting
in our arts, music and culture.
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Almighty God,
we thank you for the financial gifts you have blessed us with. 
Teach us to use these gifts in ways that are pleasing to you. 
Warn and correct us when we falsely put our hope in worldly wealth. 
Grant our church the necessary funds
to carry out its work of ministry and mission.   
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Dear Father,
we thank you for the gift of parents and children,
family and friends. 
Let the light of your love shine in our homes. 
Help us to overcome strife and conflict
with your patience and forgiveness. 
Help parents in the task of raising children. 
Comfort the lonely, and bring them into good company.  
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We thank you Lord God for the blessings of a free and peaceful society. 
Help those in government and positions of responsibility
to maintain honesty and truth, justice and peace. 
Encourage all our citizens to lead good lives and strive for the common good. 
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Lord God, unless you care for us and give us what we need,
all our work is in vain.
Keep our hearts and minds set firmly on your word,
so that we may always trust in you,
and be generous with the gifts you have given us.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Amen.

~ Source unknown. If you know who wrote this prayer, let me know so that I can credit them.