Prayers for the Third Sunday in Lent – Year A (BCP)

Readings: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95:6-11; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-39

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In faith, let us pray to the Lord, saying….

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We bow our hearts before you, O Lord our Maker.
You are our God.
We are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand.
Oh, that today we would hearken to your voice!
We have tasted your faithfulness,
And we trust in your everlasting guidance and provision.
Come, Holy Spirit, and soften our hearts,
That we may be worshippers who worship in spirit and in truth.


Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Our hearts are full of joy as we consider your wonderful salvation.
Behold what manner of love is this that we should be called children of God!
Come, Holy Spirit, and fill your church with the love of God.
May the church universal overflow with the hope of your glory,
For we rejoice in the Lord Jesus Christ our great Redeemer and Savior.
We pray that the good news of salvation would go out into all the earth,
That you, Lord Christ, would reconcile sinners everywhere to yourself,
To your eternal praise and thanksgiving.

I invite you to pray for the world, remembering especially the people of Kenya, the Congo, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, and North Korea.


Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray for the suffering church.
O Lord, God of all sorrow, grant us grace to rejoice in our sufferings.
We desire endurance.
We want to be people of character, marked by hope,
Yet we confess that we often shrink from suffering and pain.
How we praise you, Lord Jesus Christ, for your faithful obedience unto death!
Help your church to imitate you, Lord Christ, that we might willingly work your will and accomplish your purposes.

I invite you to pray for the church throughout the world.


Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We ask that your will be done in our lives and in the world.
We humble ourselves before you, praying for all that weighs heavily on our hearts as we remember our own cares and the needs of others.
We pray for those who suffer because of injustice and human evil.
We remember victims of abuse, slaves, prisoners, orphans, widows, and those captive to addictions and despair.
We pray for the depressed, the lonely and forgotten, for those weighed down by anxiety and guilt, and for anyone whose spirit has been crushed and deeply wounded.
We remember the starving, the sick, the poor, the homeless, the terminally ill, and those crippled by pain and infirmity.
The groaning of the world is too much for us to bear.
Come quickly to us, Lord Jesus, you who took on flesh and understand all our pain.
Let us drink deeply of the peace of your presence.

I invite you to pray for your own requests and for the needs of others.


Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We ask that you would sustain us this week,
And we trust that you are present with us every day.
Give us a hunger for your word,
And help us to make space to listen to you.
We confess our need for you:
For your wisdom and guidance,
For your protection and provision,
For your help and comfort.
In every area of our lives we need you, Lord,
And we ask that you would be our daily portion.

I invite your prayers for the upcoming week.


Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord, you know us through and through.
Look in the deep places of our beings, and create in us clean hearts.
Give us a right abhorrence for our own sins.
Help us to be alert and self-controlled,
That we may flee the snares of our enemy.
Reveal areas of unconfessed sin,
And give us godly sorrow that leads to repentance.
Show us where we have withheld forgiveness,
And, because of your great mercy, grant us grace to forgive others.
Deliver us from evil, Merciful Father,
And sustain us with your gracious and bountiful Spirit.

I invite your prayers for repentance and perseverance.


Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We thank you for your church,
For all who have been given your grace in Christ Jesus.
How beautiful is the bride of Christ, stretching back throughout the ages and across the world, crossing boundaries of time and place!
We remember now those who have gone before us, those who have died in the faith, trusting that they are in your care.

I invite your thanksgivings to God for those who have died in the faith.


Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Holy God, you dwell among your people,
And our hearts are full of gratitude for your closeness.
Who is like you, O Lord?
Your majesty astounds us,
Your holiness overwhelms us,
And yet, in your mercy you draw near to us.
You are the Living God, the giver of all life,
The God who reconciles even his enemies to himself.
We rest in your peace, putting all our hope in you alone, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

One thought on “Prayers for the Third Sunday in Lent – Year A (BCP)

  1. mike sellers says:

    Thank you, a lovely prayer

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