Pastoral Prayer: Our Need for God’s Presence

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Invocation

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise!

Out of the depths we cry to you, O Lord.

Lord, hear our voice and let your ears be attentive to our cry.

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,

who could stand.

But with you there is forgiveness.

Therefore you are feared.

We wait for the Lord.

Our souls wait for the Lord and we put our hope in your word.

Our souls wait for the Lord

more than watchmen wait for morning,

more than watchmen wait for morning.

O church,

o nation,

o family,

o friends,

put your hope in the Lord!

For with Him is unfailing love

and with Him is full redemption.

He himself will redeem us from all of our sins.

Confession

We praise you this morning as a people in need

of your mercy,

your grace,

your peace,

your forgiveness.

Intercession

We pray for those in authority over us.

Those who have to make such difficult decisions

day in and day out.

May you grant them wisdom

and strength of character.

May they be guided by your Holy Spirit

and your Word.

We pray for those around us.

For the churches around us who are worshipping you this morning.

We ask that you would

fill them with people,

fill them with love,

fill them with your Spirit.

that you might be seen,

that your glory would come as in the ancient days

and people would be in awe of you.

We ask that for us here too.

We ask for your gift of illumination,

that your Word would open our eyes

as we open our souls to you.

We pray this in the name of our Lord and Saviour,Jesus Christ. Amen

(Inspired by Psalm 130)