Intercessions 4-11-12

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Heavenly Father
We come to you with all our hearts and with all our souls, with all our minds and with all our strength to Love you first and Love our neighbour as ourselves.

We pray for those affected by Super-storm Sandy this week: friends and relatives who have lost loved ones; people whose homes have been damaged by storm surges and floods; the rescue services and volunteers who have worked day & night to help others; families and businesses who have been without power for many days and to those who have donated monies to help with the relief programme.

Let us pray in silence with all our hearts for sensitivity in the rebuilding of these people’s lives.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Heavenly Father let us share regularly the bread and wine that Jesus shared with his disciples as we give thanks for the sacrifice he gave to forgive our sins. Let us remember all those people who have little food to nourish themselves as we consider the challenges that China will face as a new generation of leaders take power this week as they try to combat the growing divide between the urban rich and the rural poor.

Let us pray in silence with all our souls for relief for those who suffer great poverty and who are unable to buy food for survival let alone for sharing.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Lord we put our trust in you as we pray for the children of the world. Let there be justice, fairness and equality to help educate the next generation in your Word. Let them know your love as we ask for peace in places of strife; countries such as Afghanistan, communities like Northern Ireland as we learn of the continuing battle to destroy the peace process with the death of prison officer David Black, who leaves behind a widow and two children.

Let us pray in silence with all our minds that faith can unite, not separate, as we build new relationships with love.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Finally, help us remember those people who are persecuted for believing in you; such as 9 year old John from Nairobi who was killed earlier this year in a grenade attack on his Sunday school or the those people killed in a suicide bombing during a Mass in Northern Nigeria last week, as we give thanks that we can still openly pray and worship our Lord Jesus Christ in fellowship.

Let us pray in silence with all our strength that God will give us the courage to face persecution in order to transform his church.

Merciful Father
Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ  Amen

Written by Intercessor Jan Taylor