Daily Worship

Prayers for others

Robert Allan September 03, 2015 0 0

Luke 14:15-24


15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.

19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.

20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

To whom shall we go but you, Lord God, for you have the words of eternal life; you have the authority over life and living and in you we put our trust. We place ourselves into your hands and ask that you continue to light our paths with your guiding Word. Open our hearts and our minds to understand the Scriptures for this day in which we live.

Sometimes our world seems out of control, Lord; violence and war continue; human rights are crushed; the poor are many and in great need; evil sneaks around in many guises. Help those who suffer to look to your Word for hope and to trust in you for a better future against all the odds.

When spirits are broken and despair abounds; when death seems to have had the last word; when wrong choices have been made and with them come the consequences; when disaster strikes for no apparent reason; come into these situations, Lord, and bring your light at the end of the tunnel.

We pray for those who have lost trust in others because they have been abused, neglected, or betrayed at some point in their lives, and they find relationships difficult to nurture and maintain – help them to a place where trust is restored.

We pray for those in positions of power and influence within government and parliament, within local government, within trade and industry and business, within the Church, that all may realise the potential they have for creating good and that they may hold position with humility and honesty.

We pray for your Church, Lord, that she may set an example of trust – when the way ahead seems unclear, when old ways have served their time and new opportunities beckon, when the right things need to be said – may she be bold and take steps forward in faith. And let us be amongst that number, seeking to be true to the Spirit of your Word contained in the Old and New Testaments.

Father God, we always want to be in control of our lives yet in giving them to you we find life in all its fullness even unto eternity, so day by day help us to trust you more and to build our lives upon your Word; in the name of him who trusted you fully, Jesus your Son, the Word made flesh. Amen.