Prayer is God’s initiative, a gift which enables us to be attentive to the presence of God in our lives and in the world. It is also a means of expressing what we believe about God and can prompt us to act to change the world as we respond to God’s love.
Pray for our friends, neigbours and much more:
Into your hands, O Lord we place our families, our neighbours, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and all whom we have met today. Enfold them in your will.
Into your hands, O Lord, we place all who are victims of prejudice, oppression or neglect; the frail and the unwanted. May everyone be cherished from conception to the grave.
Into your hands, O Lord, we place all who are restless, sick or prey to the powers of evil. Keep guard over them.
Almighty God, we intercede for millions of people living in slavery. Strengthen them in body, heart and spirit and raise up those who can rescue and help them. May many find true freedom through trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord, please protect and provide for individuals who are vulnerable to heartless traffickers, planning to put them to work and exploit them. We also think of families in deep poverty that agree in good faith to send away their children. Help them to realise the danger and say ‘no’.
Lord, equip and strengthen all police officers, that they would spot the signs of trafficking. Lead Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners to make investigating these crimes a priority. Grant them success.
Father, we lift to you survivors of trafficking and modern slavery as they try to recover from their ordeals and rebuild their lives. We pray especially for children now in the care of local authorities to receive the support they need and be kept safe from the influence and reach of their traffickers and others who would harm them.
Make real to us, O God, this world of suffering people; some far awayand others as close as our own neighbourhoods. Some with life experiences like our own and others with experiences we can scarcely imagine. Lead us by your grace to reach out and touch them in their places of need with your compassionate love, as we have been touched in ours.
God of the wild places and margins,
give us the grace to honour those who are different.
God of the dispossessed and empty,
give us humility to value in others the things we lack.
God of the spiritually poor and cynical,
give us the self-awareness to avoid arrogance.
God of the aggressive and defensive,
give us the courage and patience to love unconditionally.
God of ourselves,
give us the tenderness to see ourselves as you see us.
A Prayer for Ukraine
Prayer for peace in Ukraine (from the UK Methodist Website)
Holy and Gracious God
We pray for the people of the Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.
We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.
We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.
And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.
Lord have mercy.
Dear Lord, You are my very best friend.
You are always there to listen to me and to share with me your wisdom.
Lord, thank you for guiding my steps each day and thank you for helping me walk the right path.
You pull me through the rough times and build me up again.
Thank you for staying close to me.
In Jesus’ name,
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