Prayers for the people

01 November 2015

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 1 November, 2015
Robert Lam

Living Lord, who called from the dead Lazarus, we give you thanks this morning for the gift of life: time for us to be together with family, with friends, time to hope and dream of things to do, time to appreciate all that you've given us and time to glorify you in all we do. 

We remember those whose lives have been suddenly curtailed, leaving behind family and friends with grief and disappointment. 

We remember the victims of the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt killing more than 200 people. 

We remember also those who have lost their lives in the senseless killing in schools, campuses and church in the US, in Sweden and many more through bombing in the marketplace, in the churches and mosques in the Middle East and in Pakistan. 

We pray for their family members and friends that you would comfort them, give them hope and heal their hatred. May your love dwell in their hearts. 

Lord, teach us the value of life, that each day is precious and is a blessing and a gift from you. 

We pray for China. 

We give thanks to the end of the one child policy, the freedom to choose and for families to have a brother or a sister. We continue to pray for greater freedom in China, freedom to access of information and freedom of speech.

We pray for the early release of the many dissidents who have sacrificed their freedom and who dare to speak out of the injustices of the Government. We pray for their early release. 

We pray for Hongkong, for people struggling to make a living, people who have difficulty coping with the pressure of work. We remember especially those who despair of life and who think of ending their lives and the lives of their children. 

Lord, we ask that you give them hope and that they will find friends to listen to their problems and to be able to open their minds. 

Lord, help us to be sensitive and to be attentive to the people around us, so that we may be able to offer help. 

We pray for KUC and its ministries in supporting the weak and the marginalised. Open our eyes to the need of the community. 

We pray all these in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,