Thursday, September 15, 2016

Lord, pray with us...

1 Timothy 2:1-6
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For:
there is one God;
there is also one mediator between God and humankind,
Christ Jesus, himself human,
who gave himself a ransom for all
—this was attested at the right time.

today I pray
for others.
Supply their needs;
Hear their cries;
Make your presence real and felt;
Use me to stand in the gap
to be Your hands and feet
Your listening ear,
Your eyes of compassion,
Your embrace of grace.

Today, I also pray for
kings, leaders,
those in positions of high authority...
Thank you for the opportunities for them to lead,
for without you they have no power.
Lord, give them wisdom to rule with equity,
give them courage to lead with humility,
give them grace to serve the good of all,
give them peace to lead us into peace,
give them the power to lay down power for peace.

Lord Jesus,
you are the One mediator
between the world and God --
a world of great need,
a world deeply broken,
a world that you love,
a world you gave yourself for,
a God who created us,
a God who sustains us,
a God who loves us,
a God who forgives us,
a God who heals us,
a God who sends you to us daily!

Lord Jesus,
hear my prayers,
and pray with me,
and pray for me!

Learn more here:

-Who are the important leaders in our world? Who has extra responsibility to help people?
-How could we pray for those important leaders? How can we thank God for them? How could we ask God to help them?
-Who are the unnoticed, invisible people around us? Who might not have anyone praying for them?
-How could we pray for some of those people? How can we thank God for them? How could we ask God to help them?

Spend some time praying for the important leaders and the everyday people you noticed in your conversation. Be sure to include both thanksgiving and petitions as part of your prayer.

Dear God, you love all people,
those the world says are important
and those the world never notices at all.
Help us learn to love all people
by praying for them—giving thanks for their lives and asking for you to help them. Amen.

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