Sunday, 23 February 2014

Prayer for Sunday 23rd February

Collect for the 2nd Sunday before Lent
“Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth, and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works, and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever. Amen.”

Compassionate Father, as we enjoy the freedom to worship you in church today, we pray for your persecuted church. For those in the 50 countries in our world where it is most difficult to be a Christian. Where owning a Bible can put you in prison, where sharing your faith can lead to a beating, where going to church can even get you killed. We pray that all those who worship in fear today will feel the power of our prayers for them. Lord, give them your strength and support. Reach into the hearts and minds of their oppressors and all who preach a doctrine of hate against those holding differing views and help them find tolerance and respect for the rights of all humanity. We pray for the work of Open Doors and Barnabus Fund in supporting your persecuted church.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer