Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual
and the community must enter every day.
and the community must enter every day.
Before You Ask
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Matthew 6:7-8)
Many people think their prayers won’t work if they don’t utter them clearly enough, or fail to explain to God exactly what they mean, or don’t speak loudly enough to him with sufficient earnestness. But when this happens, prayer becomes so exaggerated that our Savior even forbids it.
Obviously Jesus does not want to discourage us from praying. His point is that when we pray we must have a sense of proportion. Once we have prayed, we must be quiet. We need to be like the farmer who has sown his seed. Help will come only when you are quiet in faith. Also in your sickness or with other needs, learn to be still and look to the Kingdom of God.
We can share our needs with the Father in a few words, without making a fuss, and rest assured that God already knows what we need and what he will do to help us. We don’t have to explain our requests in great detail to God, or try and make quite sure that he knows our needs. God knows about even the smallest matters and takes them straight into his heart. We can turn to him by glancing Heavenward, with no words at all. We can do this even when we pray about something concrete and tangible, or about something that specifically troubles us. We may realize that what we thought we needed is actually not necessary and that we can find a way right in the midst of how things are now.
This doesn’t mean that we just let things happen – as if everything will come of its own accord without our longing for it. Nor should we just cast a brief and hurried request at God’s feet. When this happens, we too easily lose sight of God, assume that everything comes to us without his help, and we forget to thank him. Then we cease to have a believing heart and are consequently not true children of God.
Jesus said, “Before you ask him.” Therefore we do need to make our requests known to him, otherwise many things will not be given that could have been given. It never displeases God when we come to him with our heartfelt requests. A real child asks for everything, knowing God has an ear for him. We should bring all our burdens and needs to him, for at the very least this helps to make us ever more aware that in all things God is the giver.
God always has our interest in mind. He carries our various needs with fatherly concern, eagerly waiting for us to come to him. He has not forgotten us. And when we feel tempted to think so, then all the more we should remember that he knows it all and cares for us. In fact, he knows much more about us and our needs than we do. Simple, childlike prayer is enough to move his heart, give you something out of the fullness of his compassion, and save you from all sorts of fear and trouble.
(Johann Christoph Blumhardt)
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A Prayer for Ethics, Anticorruption, and Justice
We pray that God raise up just and righteous leaders in government, business, and the church, and that these leaders surmount the corruption and fraud evident in our electoral process today.
We pray for greater transparency in our political and economic systems in this country.
We pray for those who are persecuted because they have taken a stand for righteousness, that they will have the courage to prevail and that God would protect them and their families from harm and intimidation.
We pray for the many Christians who work in the areas of ethics development and anti-corruption work in this country, that God strengthen their efforts, provide for their needs, and protect them from persecution and harm.
(World Evangelical Alliance)
Received: November 12, 2018
Prayer After the Election
Lord, as we end the election cycle and look ahead to a new administration, we pray for healing and wholeness for our nation. Our bonds of community must be repaired and restored. Our willingness to listen to one another must be strengthened. Our respect for every member of our society must be revived.
We pray for healing and wholeness in our nation. Guide us to move beyond divisive language. Guide us to move beyond angry rhetoric. Guide us to move beyond harsh judgments. Let us reject all forms violence. Let us learn to forgive and reconcile. Let us model inclusiveness and welcome to all. May we move forward with hope, may we move forward with faith, may we move forward with compassion and love.
We pray to be a part of repairing and restoring the bonds of community. We pray to be willing to listen to one another. We pray that we may respect every member of our society.
Lord, hear our prayers.
(Education for Justice)
Received: November 6, 2018
A prayer to heal the apostasy in the Roman Church
Hosea 14:4: I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.
Help the Roman Church know that you, God, will heal its waywardness and love all its congregants and clergy freely, for your anger has turned away from this church.
Received: November 6, 2018
Pray for my son Jason who drinks alcohol and shows bad temper, no respect, and speaks harshly to parents and sister. Still living in my house. We pray for him daily to be free from any desires of alcohol and be clearly sober.
Received: November 3, 2018
Prayer For Christian Martyrs
Lord, so great is our love for you
That even though we walk in a world where speaking your name can mean certain death
Your faithful still speak it
And speak it all the louder.
Help us work for a world where all may speak their creeds
And pray their prayers
Without fear of violence.
Hear the prayers of those who abide with you in dangerous times and in dark valleys,
And who die with your name on their lips.
Draw them quickly to your side
Where they might know eternal peace.
(Catholic Relief Services)
Received: November 2, 2018
El Maleh Rachamim (Jewish prayer for the dead)
God, filled with mercy, dwelling in the heavens' heights, bring proper rest beneath the wings of your Shechinah, amid the ranks of the holy and the pure, illuminating like the brilliance of the skies the souls of our beloved and our blameless who went to their eternal place of rest. May you who are the source of mercy shelter them beneath your wings eternally, and bind their souls among the living, that they may rest in peace. And let us say: Amen.
Joyce Fienberg, 75
Richard Gottfried, 65
Rose Mallinger, 97
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66
Cecil Rosenthal, 59
David Rosenthal, 54
Bernice Simon, 84
Sylvan Simon, 86
Daniel Stein, 71
Melvin Wax, 88
Irving Younger, 69
Received: October 29, 2018
my brother his innocent in jail, I want pray for him for his court day his innocence is proven and he can get back to his family.
Received: October 27, 2018
Prayer against foreign invasion, using Psalm 17
1. Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to our cry! Give ear to our prayer from lips free of deceit!
2. From your presence let our vindication come! Let your eyes behold the right!
3. You have tried our hearts, you have visited us by night, you have tested us, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that our mouths will not transgress.
4. With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips we have avoided the ways of the violent.
5. Our steps have held fast to your paths; our feet have not slipped.
6. We call upon you, for you will answer us, O God; incline your ear to us; hear our words.
7. Wondrously show your steadfast love, Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.
8. Keep us as the apple of your eye; hide us in the shadow of your wings,
9. from the wicked who want to do us violence, our deadly enemies who are trying to invade our country.
10. They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
11. They are now threatening our borders; they set their eyes to cast us to the ground.
12. They are like lions eager to tear, as young lions lurking in ambush.
13. Arise, O Lord! Confront them, subdue them! Deliver our souls from the wicked by your sword,
14. from men by your hand, O Lord, from men of the world whose portion is in this life. You fill their womb with treasure; they are satisfied with children, and they leave their abundance to their infants.
15. As for us, we shall behold your face in righteousness; when we awake, we shall be satisfied with your likeness.
Received: October 22, 2018
Prayer by Asia Bibi
Resurrected Lord, allow your daughter Asia to rise again with you. Break my chains, make my heart free and go beyond these bars, and accompany my soul so that it is close to those who are dear to me, and that it remains always near you. Do not abandon me in the day of trouble, do not deprive me of your presence. You who have suffered torture and the cross, alleviate my suffering. Hold me near you, Lord Jesus. On the day of your resurrection, Jesus, I want to pray for my enemies, for those who hurt me. I pray for them and I beg you to forgive them for the harm they have done me. I ask you, Lord, to remove all obstacles so that I may obtain the blessing of freedom. I ask you to protect me and protect my family. Amen.
Received: October 18, 2018
Prayers for the people of Haiti
For our Brothers and Sisters in Haiti affected by the earthquake, Lord, hear our prayer.
For the Haitian people, that help comes to them quickly and comfort comes to those who hurt, Lord, hear our prayer.
For the lost or buried, that they are found and reunited with their loved ones, Lord, hear our prayers.
For the relief workers, that they have the tools they need, the courage and the strength to respond fully, Lord, hear our prayers.
For the families in Haiti and in the United States who are waiting to hear from loved one, that good news comes to them, Lord, hear our prayers.
For those whose who have perished, may their souls rest with you, Oh Lord, where they will find eternal love.
God of all creation, as we weep with our family in Haiti, console us. In this time of crisis, open our eyes to look beyond the disaster to see Christ in our brothers and sisters in Haiti, as Christ sees us. Be with us as we stand in solidarity with those living and working in Haiti. Be with us in our mourning and guide our efforts to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the grieving, and stand for justice. With your mercy, sustain us at this time as we continue to work for peace and justice.