Friday, 24 January 2014

Prayer for Saturday 25th January 2014

Collect for The Conversion of St Paul
“Almighty God, who caused the light of the gospel to shine throughout the world through the preaching of your servant Saint Paul: grant that we who celebrate his wonderful conversion may follow him in bearing witness to your truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.”

Lord help us throughout today to be true to our faith in thought, word and deed and not be afraid to bear witness to you. We pray for all who preach your gospel, especially those who in doing so risk persecution and violence.

Our Saturday prayer for Walsall focuses today on the work of the police and of law enforcement in our town. Our police have so many roles to fulfil and we pray that they have sufficient resources to deal adequately with all aspects of crime from major criminal and terrorist activities to robbery, domestic violence and antisocial behaviour. We also remember before you, O God, all others who are engaged in the criminal justice system especially judges and magistrates, and all who try to help those who have broken the law. May they all act fairly, wisely and speedily so that the laws of the land may be upheld and we may live in security and peace. We pray for a society where people care for one another and support those in difficulties. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.