Sep 19, 2013

Prayers of the People: Psalm 121

Here’s a prayer of intercession inspired by Psalm 121. It comes from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website.

Prayer for Others
(inspired by Psalm 121)

Lord God, Maker of heaven and earth. 
You made magnificent mountains and the oceans,
the tiny worms and bugs, and everything in between. 
And, you made us. 
You are amazing and powerful, yet you love each of us dearly. 
Thank you for guiding our lives and ruling all of creation. 
In the knowledge of your love and your power,
we bring before you our prayers for our world. 

Lord of Hosts,
Guide the leaders of our world and give your wisdom to all who are making decisions. 
Send your peace on earth.
In you alone, the maker of heaven and earth, we find our help.

[a few moments of silence]

Gracious God,
May our Christian friends throughout the world feel your power and strength. 
Bring an end to the fighting among believers
and the persecution of believers by unbelievers. 
Give our missionaries courage and compassion. 
In you alone, the maker of heaven and earth, we find our help.

[a few moments of silence]

God of compassion,
Bless us and those we love with safety, health, endurance. 
In you alone, the maker of heaven and earth, we find our help.

[ few moments of silence]

Our help comes from you,
the Maker of heaven and earth for you watches over us day and night
and you have provided for all we need through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

~ from Our Help Comes from the Lord: Psalm 121, posted on the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website.  http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/our-help-comes-from-the-lord--psalm-121/