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Prayer of Intercession - February 2007

February 21, 2007

Bruce Van Voorhis - Hong Kong

Prayer of Intercession
Kowloon Union Church

In our prayers to you today, Lord, we pray for healing-healing for our broken world, healing for our polluted environment, healing for our disoriented selves. We also pray today for healing for members of our church community-for the renewed health of the mothers of Peter Leung and Calli Yau, for Yuk-sum Davidson and John Hilton and for Doris and Kristina who have recently lost loved ones. Restore the health of those with illnesses, Lord, and grant comfort to those who miss their family members.

As we survey the world, Lord, too many of our sisters and brothers live every day in fear and with violence. We have sought to resolve our political and economic differences with military might. We have justified violence with religion. We have abused power in the name of freedom, human rights and democracy. Bring clarity and peace, Lord, to the confusion and violence we have embraced so that those who suffer in Darfur, Iraq and Afghanistan, Palestine and Israel, and other lands may enjoy a new experience of life without daily encounters of killing and death.

As we assess the environment, Lord, your Creation is daily desecrated and defiled with toxic substances that pollute the air we breathe and the water that you have provided us to drink. We know that our attempts at progress and development have already begun to alter our climate, resulting in rising sea levels, drought and other extreme weather patterns that threaten our sisters and brothers in coastal areas and affect our supply of water now and in the future. We especially pray today for the flood victims in Jakarta. Bless us with wisdom, Lord, that we may know how to improve our lives without destroying them.

As we examine ourselves and our society, Lord, consumption is consuming us. We have sought joy in things rather than in you. Guide us, Lord, away from the worship of the distractions of our modern world and recenter our hearts and minds on you and your message.

Through the ecumenical prayer cycle, we join others around the world to remember our fellow churches in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. May they be blessed with your love, compassion and wisdom to respond to the needs of their societies.

We pause now to pray silently or aloud for those concerns and family and friends who are close to us.

Hear our prayers, Lord. Amen.

Bruce Van Voorhis
Bruce Van Voorhis serves as missionary with the Asian Human Rights Commission located in Hong KongHe serves as a writer and editor with the Commission.

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