Prayers for 19th Feb 2006
Father God, we thank you for these financial gifts. It is our prayer that they will be used in order to glorify You and to extend your Kingdom, both in Balham and far away.
Lord God, help all those caught up in the landslide in the Philippines. Give insight to the rescue workers, that they may work diligently to rescue those who have survived. Give comfort O God, to those survivors, and help rescue those still trapped.
Almighty God, Father of all humanity, we pray that by the power of your Holy Spirit, peace may be established among the nations. A peace based on justice, righteousness and truth. We lift before you, Sovereign Lord, the wars and conflicts going on around the world. From the Middle East and Africa; to the Americas to Asia and into Eastern Europe, war and conflict surrounds us and brings with it corruption, greed, a thirst for bloodshed and oppression of the poor and innocent. We pray that peace may reign soon in those countries and situations.
In our own land here, we too are the objects of wrath, from those who desire to inflict damage through acts of terrorism. We pray that our hearts would not fear from any of these conflicts or rumours of conflicts and wars. So God our Father help us to trust and rely upon You and Your Spirit, the great comforter.
Sovereign Lord, we pray for all are, and who will be called to national leadership. Give them vision to see far into the issues of their time, courage to uphold what they believe to be right, integrity in their words and motives; and may their service be to promote the welfare and peace of the whole human race. We pray also that Your pure and peaceable wisdom will guide them.
God of love, whose compassion never fails;
we bring before you the griefs and perils of all peoples and nations;
All of whom, are victims of some form of conflict. Whether that be the needs of the homeless;
the helplessness of the aged and weak; the sighing of prisoners;
the pains of the sick and injured; the sorrow of the bereaved;
the oppression of the poor and the innocent;
the families of those injured or killed during conflict.
Comfort and relieve them, O merciful Father, according to their needs.
Help those in the Armed services to make decisions and judgements based on justice and truth and not for other purposes.
We pray all these things through Him who was lifted up on the cross, so as to draw all people to himself, Jesus Christ our Lord, the ever reigning Prince of Peace.