I’ve adapted a David Adam prayer from “Clouds and Glory” this week, and added bits of my own.
Lord, change us and we shall be changed,
transform us by Your love,
redeem us by Your grace,
strengthen us by Your presence,
that we may move from glory to glory;
Lord, bless Your church
that it may reflect Your glory,
that it may guide your people into the ways of love and peace.
We pray for the church
as it seeks to uphold Your law
and to discover Your will,
that we may be faithful to You
until the day dawns
and the morning star rises in our hearts.
Lord, enable us to proclaim Your kingdom
and Your glory.
We pray for a world
that so often has lost its way,
as different creeds and voices clamour,
leaving those who listen
lost for direction.
We pray for those who feel their lives have no purpose
for those who are confused
and looking for guidance.
We pray for governments
lost in the darkness of making law and policy
that they cannot see the need for lighter thoughts
to transform words into positive action.
Make politicians and policy making bodies more than pen pushers.
May they find themselves
lifted to mountain tops of thought,
where light is cast offering new hopes and ambitions.
We pray for individuals,
whose lives are enclosed behind the walls
of past experience and hurt.
As the colour of care and compassion
offered by others seeps into their view,
may they make careful journeys
from their loneliness and loss,
their ill-health and lack of self-esteem.
we have met You in the lives of others
who have challenged us to change
by the stories of faith they have shared.
As we seek to follow,
may Your light shine
in the efforts we make
to share what we know of Christ with others.