Ephesians 3 v14-19
The apostle Paul tells us:
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
We pray for the Church and all who preach your word. Lord, you bless us with the power of the Holy Spirit, we ask for that power to be at work in all Churches throughout our nation. Help us to have a fresh understanding of what you require from each one of us. As restrictions ease help us to make the right choices about the resumption of church activities and the hopes of new normalities to worship. May we give thanks and sing out in praise again.
We pray for your world. There seems so much to fear with pandemic, climate change and social unrest. Help us to be lead by Jesus and to receive the courage to walk on the water in these difficult times. Lord be with those who have suffered extreme heat and fires and those who have suffered extreme rainfall with homes being washed away and the loss of life. With those whose crops have failed and are starving and those who live in war torn lands and are traumatised by daily living. For the steady stream of refugees who cross the Channel daily in the hope of a better life. We pray for a society where social justice results from good governance and clear thinking from leaders in power. We pray for our decision makers that their thinking is Christ led and their politics not self-seeking. We pray for our local council and for all their responsibilities.
We give thanks for the service they provide from rubbish removal to maintenance of our green spaces, for social services and mental welfare support. We give thanks for our local shops who have kept going in such difficult circumstances; for the communities who are caring for each other, for the schools, for frontline services and medical services and for the administering of the Covid vaccine. We are blessed that we live in a society that is relatively fear free and without oppression.
We pray for those we love and for ourselves. Lord, bless our homes and families with the joy of your presence. May our homes be ever open to you and your love. We pray for all who struggle with chronic illness and pain, for those in hospital where visitors are restricted, for those who are lonely and for those who mourn. Bring comfort to all in need and may we be your instrument to bring them your peace. We pray for all carers and those who visit and comfort the sick, for those who listen and for those who pray. Protect all those we love from harm and pray especially for families who are separated.