Prayers for the people

19 March 2017

Prayer of Intercession
Third Sunday of Lent
Sunday, 19 March 2017
prepared and led by Hope S. Antone

For our act of intercession, may I ask you to please join me after every prayer point? After I say, “Lord of living water,” please join in saying, “quench our thirst.”

Gracious and loving God, you are the source of water that quenches our bodies. Through Christ Jesus, you give us the living water that quenches our souls. Grant that in our thirst for a deeper faith, for truth and wisdom, we will deepen our relationship with Christ Jesus during this time of Lent…  Lord of living water, quench our thirst. 

God of creation, you entrusted the world to us for our sustenance and care. Yet many people are suffering from drought and famine, conflict and war, storms and volcanic eruptions. Many suffer from ailments due to pollution. Help us to do our part to care for your creation, for ourselves and the future generation… Lord of living water, quench our thirst. 

God of all nations, you created us in diversity so we can celebrate such gift. But we create walls of separation because of race, class, gender, orientation, and other differences. Help us to break down walls that divide and build more bridges that foster understanding, cooperation and unity… 
Lord of living water, quench our thirst. 

God of peace and justice, we pray for countries that just elected their new leaders. We lift up to you the people of Korea and Hong Kong who are in need of new leaders. Touch the hearts and minds of leaders and candidates so they may transform their self-serving desires into selfless service for those in need… Lord of living water, quench our thirst. 

God of health and wholeness, we pray for your healing touch to be upon those who are ill – Pastor Maggie, Stella Chan, Saimon, Jordan Hefty, Rev Kwok Nai Wang, Bishop JV Samuel and others whose names we whisper to you in our heart and mind. We pray that you strengthen those who attend to their needs, at home or in the hospital. We lift up to you our sister Beng Rosalie Abejuela, whose husband just passed away. May you comfort their family in this time of sorrow. Lord of living water, quench our thirst. 

God of love and compassion, we lift up to you the countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Thank you for the faithful witness of Christians there during times of persecution. May the people exercise their new-found freedoms for the good of all, the preservation of their distinct cultures and natural resources, the healing of old wounds, and for just economic development. Lord of living water, quench our thirst. 

Ever faithful and forgiving God, help us to feel your presence during this Lenten journey through the wilderness, remembering the prayer that Christ Jesus taught his disciples:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.