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

Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:1-14; John 9:1-38

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

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

O Lord, who looks upon the heart,
You see us as we truly are.
Come now and shine your light into our darkness.
Let the true light of the whole world break into our darkness.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord, you uncover all things.
You know every detail of the plight of the world.
You see in this moment the strife, suffering, and evil that covers the earth.
You, in a glance, know the acts of mercy, kindness, and charity that are happening right now.
You see the hearts and intentions of all people, from the loftiest ruler of the nations to the seemingly forgotten family living in poverty and obscurity.
Have mercy on the peoples of the world, Sovereign Lord, and remember them in their present need.
Jesus, light of the world, bring the glory of your presence to all the nations on the earth.

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

Silence

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray for your church throughout the world.
Awaken us from our slumber, Lord Christ,
And renew our energy to work your will!
We desire to imitate you, to walk in love as you did.
Grant us the grace and willingness to offer up our very selves.
You are worthy of all worship;
Receive our surrendered lives as a fragrant offering of thanksgiving.

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

Silence

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.

Silence

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.

Silence

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.

Silence

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 have brought us from darkness into light.
We receive our new identity as children of light.
Come, Holy Spirit, and help us to discern your will in every area of our lives,
So that we may follow after Christ, pursuing all that is good and right and true, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
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