Intercessions - 16/08

Heavenly Father, although our gatherings are restricted, we thank you that we can worship you wherever we are, and we bring our prayers to you as members of your body, even when physically distanced. Thank you for your message of love and hope to a world in darkness and sorrow. We pray for wisdom and sensitivity for our church leaders and for one another as we seek to serve you in new ways in these difficult days. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for your comfort and healing for the nation of Lebanon, following the devastating explosion in Beirut. We pray that the international relief effort would be timely and well co-ordinated. We ask that new leadership will rise up that can be accepted by people of the different factions, cultures and faiths that live alongside each other. 

We pray for the people of Belarus in some turmoil following the presidential elections, and ask for greater transparency and tolerance of opposition. 

We pray for countries suffering badly from Covid-19, remembering the poor and vulnerable in areas with limited health care, in Latin America, India, Iran and elsewhere. Please prosper the efforts of all engaged in scientific and medical research to find new treatments and a safe vaccine that may be made available to all, so that the virus will be contained and overcome.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for good judgement for our government and their advisors, that they may make wise and balanced decisions about health and social care, education and the economy, in a time of recession and uncertainty. We pray for those facing unemployment and other stresses. We pray for support and encouragement for 'A' level students trying to plan their next steps despite the fraught problems of having spent the end of their school days in lockdown. Help us all to support one another, and to fix our eyes on you, our steadfast rock, when everything around us seems to be shifting.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.  

We thank you that you are with us always. We pray for your comfort and healing for all who mourn the loss of a loved one, or who are sick or frail or who feel isolated and vulnerable. May your love inspire us to encourage and support one another.

God our Father, may we, as the Canaanite woman, recognise that Jesus is the hope of the whole world, and may this realisation inform the way we live and think and act. 

We bring all these prayers to You in His precious name, Amen.

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