Intercessory Prayer 19 January 2020
The week of Prayer for Christian Unity began yesterday (Saturday 18th January)
The Work of Christmas Begins by Howard Thurman
“When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with the flocks, then the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,- to heal those broken in spirit, – to feed the hungry, – to release the oppressed, – to rebuild the nations, – to bring peace among all peoples, – to make a little music with the heart. –
And to radiate the Light of Christ, – every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say. – Then the work of Christmas begins. (pause) And so we pray.. –
Shepherd God, who protects the flock and searches tirelessly for those who wander from the fold, retrieve the lost and bring them home.
Wrap your loving arms around those who are broken hearted, depressed, or feeling that no one cares about them, and fill their hearts with your peace, joy, and love. We also pray for all those whose lives have been devastated by the Australian bushfires.
Actually, God, - thank you! Thank you for the rain we’ve been praying for . . . and you listened!! You are such a loving, caring provider, and we appreciate the way You’ve come through for us. Keep it coming!! And keep close to those still fighting the fires and cleaning up and trying to re-order their lives in the aftermath. Give us wisdom to learn the lessons we need to learn about caring for your environment and putting aside our differences to work together for the greater good.
Creator God we pray for those countries that are being torn apart by war and terrorism. We ask you to bring about changes that would bring peace and restoration, for both populations and cities alike.
Speaking of peace . . . as we move again through this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, take away all hatred and prejudice and whatever else may hinder us from being united as Christians. Help us to recognise that there is one Lord, one faith, one church, one God and Father of us all and so unite us in one holy bond of peace, faith and charity. We recognise the many divisions among those who profess your faith. Bring us together, Lord. We ask that you break down the walls of separation which divide Christians. Heal us, so that we might all be one, as you and the Father are one. Let the world know we are yours by our love for one another, whatever their denomination and let our communities know us by the way we live in unity with our friends and neighbours.
We especially pray for our own role in doing the true work of Christmas as the days of this new year roll along. May we be the ones who radiate the Light of Christ, every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say.
Hear us now as we pray the prayer You taught us, Lord . . .
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and forever.