Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Week of Prayer - Wednesday Prayers

Healing was central to the ministry of Jesus. It was a sign of God's kingdom, bringing renewal and wholeness of life to those who turned to God in their need. Jesus sent out his disciples with the commission to 'proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal' (Luke 9:2).

In every act of worship, the Church celebrates the grace of God who desires wholeness of body, mind and spirit for all people. At a service of healing, we focus on that aspect of God's character. We bring to God our own frailty and brokenness - felt not just in physical illness, but in guilt, anxiety and all the burdens which weigh us down. We also bring our concerns for others and for the world. Above all, we come to the God who knows our needs before we ask, and whose love revealed in Jesus Christ is stronger than suffering and death.

Almighty God our heavenly Father,
you have blessed us with the gift of life
and placed us in a world of beauty and wonder. Your perfect will for us is wholeness in body, mind and spirit. 
We bow in awe and wonder at your feet
and freely acknowledge our dependence upon you for all that is good.
In your presence we remember our sin and failure, all that damages our lives, the lives of others 
and the world which you have created, humbly we ask You to forgive us, in the name of our Lord Jesus
 who loves us and gave Himself for us.
Jesus said: 'Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.'
Heavenly Father, we pray for the whole of the human family, your children, our brothers and sisters throughout the world; for the nations of the world and their leaders;
and all who have authority and influence;
We pray for peace in your Church; for the healing of divisions;
 that in faith and unity we may be constantly renewed by your Holy Spirit for mission and service.
We pray for all who suffer;
 for the victims of war and violence;
 of persecution and aggression;
of disaster and accident; 
we pray for the homeless and the hungry;
 for refugees and asylum-seekers;
 for the destitute and the oppressed; 
for the lonely and unloved; and for those who mourn; that they may find strength and hope.
We pray for the sick in our community, 
those in hospital or at home,
 for those whose minds are beset with anxiety and fear, for those oppressed or broken in spirit;
 for those who turn to us for healing and comfort
 that, together in you, we may find wholeness and peace.  Lord Jesus, embrace them in your loving grace and healing power. Father, 
send your Spirit of life and health on your servants
We pray for one another and for ourselves,
 that we may be instruments of your peace and joy. May we know for ourselves, and share with others, Your wholeness, healing and salvation.
We thank you, gracious God.
You have loved us from the beginning of time and remembered us when we were in trouble.
We thank you, redeeming God.
You have come to us in Jesus Christ, who heals us and saves us from sin.
We thank you, holy God.
You have sent us your Spirit,
to comfort us and lead us into all truth.
Gracious Father, we ask these prayers in the name of Jesus Christ, the Healer, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.


Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
 Thy Kingdom come. 
Thy will be done in earth, 
As it is in heaven.
 Give us this day our daily bread.
 And forgive us our trespasses,
 As we forgive them that trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, 
But deliver us from evil. 
For Thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. prayer service in the Sanctuary
Worship, Communion and Prayers for Healing and Wholeness
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Matthew 21: 22

6:30 – 7:30 a.m. guided prayer in the Prayer Corner
Prayers for our Nation
If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7: 14

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