Thursday, September 12, 2013

Prayers for Syria

Prayers from the Book of Common prayer seemed especially pertinent as we prepared to pray for the people of Syria, and the decisions of world leaders.  I share a few with you, that they might also fuel your much-needed prayers.

To be prayed responsively:
V. Show us your mercy, O Lord;
R. And grant us your salvation.
V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R. Let your people sing with joy.
V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;R. For only in you can we live in safety.
V. Lord, keep this nation under you care;
R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth.V. Let your way be known upon earth;R. Your saving health among all nations.V. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.V. Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R.  And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.
And these prayers, "for peace among the nations" and "for our enemies":

Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. 
O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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