photograph by Dominic Bianchi
We come to you this morning as your people. Some of us weary, others refreshed. Some of us in pain, others healed. Some of us worried, and others of us at peace. Some of us doubting and others of us believing.
And we all come here to be closer to you, to pray for each other, to be prayed for, and to be reminded that you hear our prayers in here and out in the world.
You hear our prayers when we pray in the parking lot before a meeting; as we walk into school and sit down to take a test; in the waiting room as we wait for surgery to end; in the moment we hold a new grandchild; in the moment we hold fear, in the moment we hold hope, you hear our prayers.
We are grateful that you hear our prayers and we confess that we take the miracle for granted. We are grateful that you answer our prayers, and we confess that we take that miracle for granted. We are grateful that you are with us when we do not know how to pray, and we confess that we take the miracle for granted.
We come together and pray knowing that you are with us in our praying and that this moment is a miracle, because you are listening, you are leaning in to hear us and respond. Help us to pray in earnest, as we pray for the world.
We pray for places of violence and unrest. We pray for places of hunger and thirst. We pray places of sorrow and pain. – Lord, we pray you hand may reach down in those places and that you may create life and healing for this hurting world.
We pray for those who are need of healing of mind. Those with anxiety. Those with depression. Those with addiction and all mental illness. We pray that they may find healing and resources, hope and understanding.
We pray for those who are in need of healing of the body. Those who are in chronic pain. Those who are feeling new pain. Those are facing surgery and those are in treatment. We pray that you may be in every cell, every vein and that you may provide healing and hope and new birth.
We pray for the church. We pray for all churches who are praying right now, all around the world. We pray for the church in the world, that it may strive every day to reflect your purpose and not our purpose. We pray for our church community. We pray for those who are traveling, those who are not here and we pray for our neighbor sitting next to us, in front of us, behind us. Keep us in your light, help us speak your truth and guide us in your way, we pray in the name of Jesus.