The World in Prayer March 2022
Almighty and Everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the sins of all those who will turn away from them. Create and make in us new and apologetic hearts, that, mournful of our sins and acknowledging our misery, we may receive from you, the God of all mercy, perfect forgiveness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
As we embark on our journey through Lent as individuals, and in community, we lift before you the brokenness in our lives, and in this, your world. We remember those who are suffering due to weather, suffering because of the isolation, suffering because of illness, suffering because of grief, suffering because of war and terror.
Change our hearts, O God.
May our transformation this season be lifegiving and thorough. May we wash ourselves inside and out, cleaning not only the outside, but our inner lives as well.
Gracious One, we know your desire for us is true transformation not just empty promises but justice, kindness, mercy, and humility.
Help us to choose the work to which you call us:
saving people from oppression…
feeding the hungry…
providing shelter for the homeless…
clothing the naked…
ceasing to place blame on others…
quieting our evil speech…
putting an end to war and violence…
This is not easy work. These are lofty tasks. There is no way for any one of us to solve any of these problems on our own. So, we learn to rely on you, O God, and to rely on our fellow travelers through life.
We lift our eyes up to you, Great Shepherd, knowing that it if from you our help comes. Empower us to do your will and your work in this your world, we pray.
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During this last week, Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch an invasion of Ukraine has been met with widespread condemnation and sorrow, as well as renewed calls for prayer. The Joint Public Issues Team has released the following prayer for Ukraine which might help you and your congregation as we pray and seek peace together.
God of all,
with alarm and concern we bring before you
the military intervention in Ukraine.
In a world you made for peace and flourishing,
we lament the use of armed force.
We mourn every casualty of this conflict,
every precious life extinguished by war.
We pray comfort for those who grieve
and those who are fearful.
Hear our longing that leaders and nations
will honour the worth of all people
by having the courage
to resolve conflict through dialogue.
May all our human failings be transformed
by your wonderful grace and goodness.
We ask this in the name of Christ,
the author of peace and sustainer of Creation.