Thursday, April 21, 2005

Prayers of the People for Easter 5A

Dearest Lord, You have always been our protection and strength. In You, O LORD, we seek refuge; You are indeed our rock and our mighty fortress; Incline Your ear to us today. Help us take our stones and not throw them at each other out of anger and frustration and bitterness, but build upon Your cornerstone, Your solid rock, Your Son Jesus Christ. Be a rock of refuge for us, a strong fortress to save us. Our lives and times are in Your hands; deliver us from the hands of our enemies and persecutors. Let Your face shine upon Your servants; preserve us in Your steadfast love

Dearest Lord, with Jesus and Stephen we cry out “Into Your hand I commit my spirit” -- You have redeemed us, O LORD, our faithful God. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit, let us gaze into heaven and glimpse Your glory.

We confess, Lord, we have not been Your faithful people. We have used our words, throwing them at each other to hurt. We have used our words to tear down and not to build up. Forgive us. Help us build up the body of Christ in this world today. Help us to become Your Holy nation, Your royal priesthood. Help us find a home, a dwelling place in your Word. We thank You that You have prepared for us a place. We thank You that You have promised to show us the way. You are, indeed, the way, the truth and the life.

Dearest Lord, we pray today for those who are suffering in body and in spirit. We pray for those with cancer, for those with broken bones, for those with broken bodies, for those with broken minds. We pray for those imprisoned, both in the body, but also for those imprisoned in their soul. Free us for joyful obedience. Help us continue Your work here on earth. These things we pray in the name of Your beloved Son, Jesus the Christ, who taught us to pray saying… Our Father….

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