10:10 Prayers for February 2021

by Judy Povey  |  Posted at 11:20am on 10th February 2021

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Lord we come before you now to  join everything that hath breath to bring our praise to you, and our prayers for the world. 

We sing your praise in the midst of creation and among all creatures.

We sing your praise among suffering and tears,

We sing your praise among promises and achievements.

We sing your praise in the places of conflict and misunderstanding.

 We sing your praise in the places of encounter and reconciliation.

We sing your praise in the midst of rifts and divisions,

We sing your praise in the midst of life and death, the birth of a new heaven and a new earth.

Lord  as we approach this season of Lent we come before you with a desire to acknowledge our shortcomings and  to say we are sorry, sorry for all the times we’ve let you, ourselves and others down. Sometimes, Lord, we’re so busy talking and doing that we fail to hear you. We miss the still small voice saying, ‘Stop. Listen.’ Lord, we’re sorry for being too busy to hear you. You speak in so many different ways, Lord,– but very often we take no notice and continue in our own way. Help us to tune in to your voice.

Lord, you use us to draw people to you. People see our lives, our attitudes and character. Lord, we’re sorry for the times we’ve let you down in these areas – when
we pressurise others to conform to our ideas, or fail to listen and give others the space to draw closer to you.
Lord, as we spend these few moments in personal reflection, we ask you to speak to us. Show us anything for which we need to say sorry – and change our ways.
Lord, we lift our confessions to you, in your precious name.
Father God, we thank you that we don’t have to earn your forgiveness. 
It is not based on how worthy we are.
We are forgiven through Christ Jesus. 
It is by grace that our sins are forgiven. 
Amen.

We come before you with our prayers for our world and the people in it.

As the number of Covid deaths in our country exceeded 100,000 we are being asked to pray for our nation.

Gracious God, as we remember before you the thousands who have died,
surround us and all who mourn with your strong compassion.
Be gentle with us in our grief, protect us from despair, and give us grace to persevere and face the future with hope in Jesus Christ our risen Lord.
Amen.

God of our impressionable world, we pray for all leaders and governments as they continue to discern the way forward amid the difficult social and economic challenges of the pandemic, that they may be wise, just and compassionate as they exercise their authority
As we thank you for the skill of scientists who have created a vaccine, we pray for a smooth and just rolling- out of vaccine programmes, for those who are vulnerable,
for those who mistrust the vaccine, for those for whom it has come too late.
We pray for the families and friends of,  and all those ministering to the sick,
the dying and the bereaved.
We pray for those who feel overwhelmed by the additional pressures of home schooling, for those whose relationships are at breaking point.
We pray for those who have lost their lives to depression, and for their families and friends.
We pray too for those whose lives are blighted by anxiety and stress.
We pray for the health services and charities trying to support them.
We pray, in a moment of silence,
for all those on our hearts,
and for all those who have no one to name them in prayer.

We pray for your church – around the world and in our own community,
we pray for creative ways to serve and to share, for courage and integrity as we listen and pray, for urgency and daring as we respond to the needs around us.
May your truth be known,
and your love be shared in Jesus' name.
Amen

And as  we pray for ourselves and our personal mission in the world we reflect on this prayer attributed to  St Teresa of Avila and written  in the 16th century.   Let us make it our own as we seek to bring the light of Christ into our dark world.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which must look our Christ’s compassion on the world.
Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which He is to bless men now.

And may we respond…….

I give you my hands to do your work.
I give you my feet to go your way.
I give you my eyes to see as you do.
I give you my tongue to speak your words.
I give you my mind that you may think in me.
I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.
Above all, I give you my heart that you may love, in me, your Father and all mankind.
I give you my whole self that you may grow in me, so that it is you, Lord Jesus, who live and work and pray in me.

 

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