Reading and Prayer – February 10

Romans 13:8-10

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Prayer:

As we pray, we can ask God to bring to our hearts and minds those in particular need of prayer. The names and faces God brings before us are unique to each of us; be sure to honour the leading of the Holy Spirit in these times, and pray for them; ask God, too, how you can help that person in addition to your prayers for them.

Trusting that God is with us, and is moving among us, let us pray: 

Lord God, you strengthen us, and we thank you.

               Bring strength to those who are weak, we pray.

Lord God, you bless us, and we thank you.

               Bring blessing to those empty of spirit, we pray.

Lord God, you lift us up, and we thank you.

               Lift up those who have fallen, we pray.

Lord God, your presence is with us, and we thank you.

               Be present with those who are lonely, we pray.

Lord God, you bring health and healing to our body, mind and spirit.

               Bring healing to those who suffer illness and distress, we pray.

Lord God, you bring joy to our lives, and we thank you.

               Bring joy to the hearts of those who grieve, we pray.

Lord God, you hear our cry for help, and we thank you.

               Help those who have tried, and failed, and failed again, we pray.

Lord God, you support us with your righteous hand, and we thank you.

May your love, grace, hope and peace be with all who call upon your name.

May the joy which you give be our strength.

Lord God, you hear our prayers and respond in grace and mercy, and we thank you.

Hear the prayers of all who lift their voice to you, 

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, 

Who brings joy to our hearts, and strength to our spirits. Amen.