Praying for those who live on the edge…

Had the honour of doing our prayer of intercession at church this morning.  There is so much that we can be praying for sometimes it’s overwhelming but we know that God not only hears our prayers but he knows what’s on our hearts as well.  How amazing is that knowledge 🙂

Matthew 6:8 – for your Father knows what you need before you ask him

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Lord we come to you with our prayers of intercession asking for your blessings to be poured out on those struggling in this broken world of ours, for those who live on the edge, who struggle for their daily bread, who may not even have a roof over their head and for those who walk through the valley of the shadow of death, bring healing to those suffering from sickness and help us to be salt and light in their darkness.

God you know all those who are struggling with depression and addiction, in their helplessness reach in and release them, surround them with people to help lead them away from temptation, deliver them from their heartache and bring them out of their trouble we ask in your name.

Father we bring before you those who are persecuted for their faith, tortured, imprisoned, chased from their homes, Lord fill them with a strength like they’ve never known, may they grow in their love for you, receive so much more of you, stand firm in your promises and where they see obstacles may they never forget that with you God all things are possible

Jesus who came to bring us life protect those in danger from war and strife, protect them from the enemy who comes to steal, kill, destroy, fill them with an immeasurable joy, help them in their day to day, stay close through each difficult hour, let them feel your might and power.

God, be with all those in government and positions of authority, embolden Christians within those communities to become beacons of hope, lead them in the paths of righteousness make it less about them and more about you and let your light shine through them in all that they do, be in the midst of every decision, and help them as they seek to promote your Kingdom.

Heavenly Father we pray for your church, we pray for our leaders in this time of immense pressure to conform to secular culture, we pray for truth and love to inform their preaching and your word alone to guide their teaching so that all who are seeking to find the truth will find the way is only through you.

Father we pray in confidence knowing that you hear our every word, you are already responding to our interaction with love and compassion, thank you that we know your reaction to our prayers is to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, and we are only scratching the surface of all the issues in this world but we know God that you’ve seen and heard what is on our hearts today, so we thank you for listening to us as we pray.

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