Prayers of the People/Intercession on The Cross

Prayers of Confession on the Cross

Jesus: You gave us Your love at a high price – Your own death on the cross in our place!  By Your grace you give us eternal life and entrust to us Your creation.

Thank You, Lord!  

We come today as Your stewards, called to care for Your creation. Frankly, we’ve not done a very good job. You give us voices to speak for You: We speak of ourselves more than of You. You give us ears to listen to the hearts of others: We listen for what affirms our heart’s wishes.

You give us hands to reach out in Your name: We use them to grab stuff, and write on it our name. You give us feet to go to others with Your Good News: 

We use them to run for cover or to chase worldly pleasure. We’ve not done well – but we want to do differently! We want to please You in how we use Your treasures. Help us, we pray!  

Help us to be agents of peace in a war torn world. So we pray for peace. We pray for national and international leaders who need Your wisdom and courage to do what’s good, just and right. We pray this, especially, for our president and vice-president, for representatives and senators, judges and justices. 

Help us, we pray, to be ambassadors of your grace and truth wherever we go: in our homes, our schools, and our places of employment; in our families and in our friendships. Restore broken marriages and rebuild shattered families. Release spirits bound by depression and hopelessness. Free us that we may work with you to free others, and point them to You. And help us to be wounded healers, praying today for loved ones who are ill or injured; Help us to comfort the grieving. Give them hope,  peace, and a quiet rest in You. Finally, Jesus – enable, equip and encourage us all

to be Your missionaries in the spheres of influence where You place us. And empower, encourage, protect and provide for those who serve you in mission anywhere in the world. Hear all our prayers as we pray them in your Name — AMEN.

Richard Herman

The Lord calls us to examine the wounds of the Risen One and to see there the depth of his love for us.Let us therefore approach the throne of God in confidence as we pray for the people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs. 

O LORD our Lord–how majestic is Your name in all the earth. Jesus: as You entered a locked room to show Your disciples the beginning of a new world, so enter our hearts and move us to faith inYou, the Risen One.

Convince us of the reality and significance of the resurrection, and free us from all that binds us and tries to hold us captive—our fears and our addictions; our past and our pain; what we remember and what we’ve forgotten.

Lord: make us courageous in the face of death, and show us how to enter a new resurrected life as Your followers. 

Be with Your church throughout the world. In Your mercy, don’t abandon us to our own devices. Instead, empower the preaching of Your Word and enable in us acts of love as they testify to the resurrection. 

Wherever Your church is faithless and lacking courage—come, Lord Jesus. Come. Come. Revive, restore and refresh us with Your Spirit. Pour out Your Spirit on pastors and teachers, enabling each and all to listen well to Your voice, and then speak Your truth with the authority of Christ.

Wherever nations are at war and people are divided, visit and bring true reconciliation. Especially protect all Christian people in these nations, and help them to inspire their fellow-citizens to live and work for the good of all. Give national leaders godly wisdom and righteous hearts as they lead in the right paths.

Where homes are disrupted by anger and bitterness, where relationships are distorted and dulled: Come, Lord Jesus. Bring peace and harmony. Enable understanding and love.

Wherever young people gather in your name, visit and guide them with your holy word and wisdom; and care for little ones, the children—that they may know Your love. 

Jesus—our Great Physician and Healer: Comfort and heal the sick and suffering. Restore and strengthen weak bodies, as well as anxious and troubled minds. Support all with your great love and mercy, and give special strength to caregivers; Draw near to mend broken and sick bodies, minds and spirits. 

As our Risen and Reigning Lord–Jesus, please comfort those who mourn today, whether their grief is fresh or lingering. We especially pray for peace and consolation for the families and friends who have recently suffered loss. And we pray that You will bring each who has died to the place You have prepared for them. These prayers and those still unspoken we overthrow the name of the Risen One, even our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. AMEN

Richard Herman