Here’s a prayer of intercession and commitment which focuses on the vulnerable people around the globe and in our communities. It comes from the Presbyterian Church in Canada website.
Prayer for Others
we pray for vulnerable people all over this world,
people without power
who live in places of terror and violence, fear and oppression.
Protect them, God;
we feel so powerless ourselves to help them.
Encourage and empower us to work
for peace and freedom from fear in our own contexts.
God of grace,
we pray for those whose lives have been turned upside down
by various disasters: floods, fire and drought-driven famine.
Bring courage and hope to them;
through their pain, may they remain connected to you in prayer.
We pray for those say there is no God;
may we through the living of our own lives
demonstrate the joy and peace of a Spirit-centred existence.
God of community,
we pray for our own congregation;
may we be a source of hope for our neighbourhood.
Help us to discern needs and work to fulfill them.
Strengthen and unify our congregation
and show us how we can be the disciples you envision us to be.
Return the sick to health and well-being
and relieve the suffering of those who have lost loved ones,
are unable to find meaningful employment
and fear the challenges of old age.
Guide us, Great Shepherd,
into your paths of right relationships.
In Jesus’ name we pray; Amen.
~ posted on the Presbyterian Church in Canada website. http://presbyterian.ca/worship/