Intercessions - 13/09

Lord, we come before You, knowing that You have promised to hear us when we call, and to answer our prayerful concerns for Your will to be done.

We cry out to you for the people of Lebanon, in particular Beirut, following the explosion – for the grief-stricken, the injured, those who have lost everything, and who have to rebuild their lives amid Covid-19, and a country torn apart by violence. We remember too the people of Yemen. We bring before You our mission partners, Paul and Sarah and the girls in lima Peru, as they cope with the Covid restrictions, and try to work around the difficulties. We pray the same for John and Gillian at the Place of Grace in Bangkok. In Marsabit, Kenya, Bishop Daniel leads his widely scattered flock, and life with Covid has been made even worse by a plague of locusts. We pray that you will meet the needs of all these partners, who are part of our family here.     Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our nation at this time; for our Prime Minister and cabinet, praying that You will give them wisdom as they cope with crisis after crisis. We pray that Christians in Parliament may stand strong, speaking Your truth wherever possible.

We pray that You will give success to all who are working on a vaccine for Covid-19, that this will become available worldwide as soon as possible .

We pray for the organisation Christian Concern for Our Nation, asking that, as they speak out boldly, their voices may be listened to and respected.

Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We bring before You our Church leaders, remembering Rod and Rita on holiday and asking that You will give them refreshment and renewal in their time away.

We remember before You Jonny, as he prepares for his priesting at the end of this month. We pray for both Jonny and Katie as they await the arrival of their baby in due course.

We pray for all those who, as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, have had to cope with bereavement and illness, as well as the many families who have not been able to visit their more far-flung families due to travel restrictions. We pray that You will minister

to their needs at this time, and bring Your comfort. Also to those who are anxious and experiencing loneliness.  

Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.  

A prayer for ourselves:

Lord, Your forgiveness towards us – towards me – is so generous; so deep and wide, and full of grace. It reaches into the depths of my heart, and brings peace. Help us – help me – to have a forgiving spirit towards anyone who has hurt me. Heal any bitterness, break my pride, and fill me with kindness and forgiveness, with a touch of Your grace.

For Your glory. Amen.

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