I hope that these prayers are useful, and that you are able to spend a few minutes at noon each day, as we pray together as a church family. Please do keep sending your prayer suggestions to me, so that we can make sure we are praying around the needs, burdens and encouragements of our whole church family.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
Loving Father, thank you that you sent your only son, Jesus, as a ransom for us. Please help us live this week remembering that he died for us. Please help us to serve one another, not seeking glory, status or approval from others, but simply to follow in your footsteps. Amen.
Sustainer of the universe, we pray today for those who are tired. Whether their jobs are demanding, family responsibilities seem heavy and without respite, loneliness seems without hope, or for any other reason, please would you lift them by your Spirit. Help us all to take our eyes off the difficulties we face, and instead to fix them joyfully on you, as we take each next step along the path you have given us. Amen.
Father of all, remember your holy promise,
and look with love on all your people, living and departed.
On this day we especially ask that you would hold forever
all who have suffered during war, those who returned scarred by warfare,
those who waited anxiously at home,
and those who returned wounded, and disillusioned;
those who mourned, and those communities that were diminished and suffered loss.
Remember too those who acted with kindly compassion,
those who bravely risked their own lives for their comrades,
and those who in the aftermath of war, worked tirelessly for a more peaceful world.
And as you remember them, remember us, O Lord;
grant us peace in our time and a longing for the day when people of every language, race, and nation will be brought into the unity of Christ’s kingdom.
This we ask in the name of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy,
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
In Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Please pray today for Sweden.
My Father, I come to you this day, to ask you to guide and help me. Give me courage to face the problems that lie ahead and give me a heart wide open to the joys you have prepared for me. Forgive my sins, that I may start this day anew, and as you forgive me, may I learn to be forgiving and compassionate to others in return. Father I long to serve you aright; may all that I do and all that I say be pleasing in your sight. Amen
Please pray today for Switzerland.
O God of the nations,
as we look to that day when you will gather people
from north and south, east and west,
into the unity of your peaceable Kingdom,
guide with your just and gentle wisdom all who take counsel
for the nations of the world,
that all your people may spend their days in security, freedom, and peace,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Please pray today for Syria.