Jun 18, 2014

Prayer for Others: Lord, Hear Our Prayer

Here’s a prayer of intercession and lament from Joan DeVries.

Prayer for Others

We pray for those who suffer with illness,
for those who live with pain every day. . . .
O Lord, bring them your comfort.

We pray for brothers and sisters living in places of war and terror. . . .
O Lord, bring them your peace.

We pray for justice and equality,
that the voices of all people might be heard,
that respect might live again in places of distrust, oppression, and abuse. . . .
O Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for families living in hardship,
that broken relationships might be mended and hurtful pasts resolved. . . .
O Lord, bring them your love.

We pray for loved ones who have strayed from you,
who live in doubt and fear. . . .
O Lord, bring them your grace.

We pray for the disaster and turmoil in our world,
for countries ravaged by poverty, illness, and death. . . .
O Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for those living with guilt and shame,
for those who feel regret every day. . . .
O Lord, bring them your mercy.

We pray for people living with indecision and uncertainty. . . .
O Lord, bring them your wisdom.

We pray for your church, that barriers might be broken,
that unity and truth might prevail.
Empower us, Lord, to be witnesses in your world,
to serve you in one ministry,
 to sit together at one table. . . .
O Lord, hear our prayer.

~ written by Joan DeVries, and posted on Reformed Worship. http://www.reformedworship.org/article/june-2012/shaped-psalm