Prayers of the People — January 31

kneel_8737c copyLet us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

Heavenly Father, you call us, though we believe we are neither worthy nor ready for such a call. Strengthen us with your gifts, guide us with your Word, and embolden us by your Spirit, as we give you thanks for those gifts which we know come from your hand. Help us Lord to recognize our gifts and may each of us willingly give of our time and resources to the best of our abilities. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. As we are known fully by you, may we also come to know you more fully. May our knowledge of you never be such that we attempt to re-create you in our image, but let us recognize that it is you, the maker and owner of all things. It is you oh God that gives us our lives, our abilities, and all that we have. Guide us, according to your divine wisdom. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gracious and merciful God, your love is patient, your love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Your love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres. Your love never fails. Teach and show us how our love can be the same. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Merciful healer, you demonstrate your power over sickness, over nature, and even over life itself, simply by the power of your spoken Word. We ask that your healing hand be upon all who suffer, all who are sick, or have a need in anyway. especially we pray for:

May the miracles seen by your command strengthen our faith in you, the great physician and healer of all, and may we know that the ultimate miracle is to be granted life in your presence forever.

Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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