12 July 2020
The Harvest of Prayer?
Is the energy of our concern
as we pray for the needs of others
something like the seed planted in good soil?
Through the power of the Spirit
enabled to yield a bigger harvest
than we could ever envision,
unknown to us
but feeding the spiritual needs of many?
Is our neglect, our half-hearted,
sometimes selfish praying
the seed that fell elsewhere,
help us to pray fruitfully
yielding benefit for your whole creation.
For Your Prayers this week
Please take a moment now to bring yourself to a quiet place
notice the rise and fall of your breath
still your thoughts soften your gaze
bring your hands together near your heart
perhaps close your eyes
and let us pray together
Thank you loving God
I am grateful for those people I love very dearly and for their love for me
Help me to be aware of this gratitude welling up in me
and to spread my love further and further
We are so grateful that we can meet some loved ones again
that we can see our friends
and share in worship
and in prayer – it fills us up in a lovely way
God of real power
we pray for leaders who are wise and merciful servants of those they lead.
And so —-we pray for justice and peace in our society
in our homes an in our hearts
May all people everywhere benefit from quiet time
to reflect on long-held priorities and values
to look with fresh eyes at the world around them
to observe and enjoy the beauty and detail of the natural world
to find the peace that comes from being humble quiet and thankful
God of love flowing through all creation a river of life and love, we remember all creatures and habitats under threat from greed from thoughtlessness and pollution and we Pray that human beings will learn to truly turn and face what we have let unfold … and then – in wisdom and in your love let us resolve to treat all sentient beings with care, Lord we want to be people after your own heart …who act with unfailing kindness and respect and who love even stones the earth the clouds and skies that stars and moon and sun
God of beauty and balance
you lead us to wellbeing and the deep abiding health of unity
we hold now in our hearts the work, the burdens and the of medical workers across the world –
and we pray to you for protection of their bodies and their heart’s and their minds
God of Grace
As we remember people in this community and world-wide who have served
other people and creation with kindness and we ask that we too will be people of compassion filled with
your breath Lord, the breath of the spirit of ease and grace
God of abundance we are thankful for each meal for
the amazing way things grow
and we thank you that we have enough for today, day after day after day
God of forgiveness – God without grudges –
a strange sad embarrassment comes to us as we think about those who have not enough to eat
and no clean water
and so we pray for a more equitable way of living
not always the rich getting richer and richer
and the poor getting poorer and poorer
we are unhappy when we see powerful people abusing their power to get more power more money more control
and we feel such deep sadness when we see forests and seas dying –
as we see the wrong we turn from it and so we dare look in your face again and ask for hope – keep us from despair and apathy
We pray that connecting with our sadness and discomfort helps us to be people who live justly and rightly
We know so many people are grieving the death of family and friends right now and we pray for them
courage and peace and hope even in the darkest times
and for the souls of those who have died and for their continuing life in your life and your love dear God of holiness
When we look at the lives of the saints we see people living the reality of love npt the idea just as Jesus showed us
so we pray that we can be like them and be with them in Jesus the Christ and in God and God is us in the beauty of your Kingdom
today and for all eternity.
Lord Jesus, we remember with gratitude
those people who sowed the seeds of faith in our lives
and we recognise how you have blessed our lives
with the gift of the Holy Spirit.
But also, we acknowledge and confess
the times we fail to involve ourselves
in planting any seeds of faith in the lives of others,
the times when our personal agendas become more important than yours,
the times when our lives become so entangled with the values of the world
that we forget what you have said, done and promised.
Lord Jesus, the Sower,
whatever we are today, whatever the mix
of path, rock, thorns or soil
help us become good ground for you, for your word.
Lord, when we become disconnected from you,
when our lives become parched and unfruitful,
our faith stunted and dry,
bless and renew our lives.
Help us to grow in faith so that our relationship with you
is not shallow and weak,
but a deep and mature faith
a faith that can move mountains of doubt
and oceans of fear.
Prepare our hearts, Lord,
help us to receive,
break the hard and stony ground,
help our unbelief.
Plant your word deep in us,
cause it to bear fruit.
Open up our ears to hear.
Lead us in your truth.
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ