Reading: James 4:8-10
‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’
Be humble then before God. But resist the devil and you’ll find he’ll run away from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Realise that you have sinned and get your hands clean again. Realise that you have been disloyal and get your hearts made true once more.
Lord God, we look to you for help, in living the kind of lives that are a blessing to others, a service to you, and a fulfillment of all the potential you have placed within us.
Help us to be faithful to those who love us, and loyal to those who are our friends, so that we may never cause them worry or distress.
Help us to live in forgiveness and kindness, so that, like Christ, our lives may bring good to those around us.
Help us to live in diligence and in cheerful effort, so that we may use to the full the gifts and talents with which you have provided us.
Help us to live in goodness and purity, that we may resist the many harmful things which tempt us, and that we may be a help to others who are tempted.
Help us to live in sympathy and in gentleness, so that we may bring comfort to the sorrowing and compassion to the needy.
Help us to live in peace and in self-control, so that no anger and no passion may disturb our own sense of peace and the peace of others.
Help us to live with a heart of love for you, O God, so that in doing your will, in living as you would have us live, we might find purpose and fulfillment for our lives.
Lord God, as you hear our prayer, give us strength, determination and inspiration to live as the children of God, as the brothers and sisters of Christ; help us to live in such a way that we ourselves are changed, and that we might bring change to our world.
We pray for the many for whom this week past has brought hardship, sorrow and pain;
We pray for the many for whom this coming week holds little foreseeable hope;
We pray for the lonely, the frightened, the powerless and the sick; We pray for those who grieve.
Hear our silent prayer, O Lord…
Eternal God, who makes all things new, we thank you that today you have allowed us to begin another week in your presence. May our lives demonstrate the difference you have made in us all. Amen.