Weekly Prayers

Pray with Lebanon Sunday, January 24, 2021

lebanon_maria_bakalian_Haigazian_Students_Renovation.jpgLectionary Selection: 

Prayers for Lebanon:

We come before you, our God and Creator, with hearts that are bewildered by the struggles and difficulties that continue to overwhelm and pressure us physically, emotionally, economically, and spiritually.

With the start of the new year, and in the season of Epiphany, we find it difficult to see new hope and new beginnings or see changes for the better in the lives of the people of Lebanon, or even throughout the world. Yet we find comfort in knowing that your love for us does not change.

Guide us to open our hearts to you; to open our ears to hear your voice, as you invite us to hear your clear call to follow you.

Make us eager to accept your invitation to repent and believe your Good News. Only in you can we find rest; our hope comes from you alone!

Guide us to trust you in all circumstances. Only through complete trust in you will we find refuge, and be certain of your unchanging love for all, and be willing to share that with the world.

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Pray with Guatemala, January 17, 2021

Guatemala_Paul_Pitcher.jpgLectionary Selection:  Psalm 139:1-6,13-18

Prayers for Guatemala:  

Some think that in 2020 the only thing that happened was the pandemic that hit the world. Still, in that year that has just ended, Yahweh, the universal judge, showed his power from which we cannot escape. In Chile, the repressive forces left many people blind. However, the people's determination in the streets inspired the congressmen to approve the rewriting of a new constitution that would destroy the Pinochet dictatorship's remnants. In Bolivia, the people overthrew the coup leaders of the Evo Morales' government at the polls. Venezuela was not invaded, nor was Nicaragua defeated, despite distortion from the media. All this, and the strength of black and white in the United States, standing up in defense of humanity against racist minorities, are testimonies to the presence of the just God who triumphs over the wicked.

Let us raise our voice to the Creator in these times of need in Guatemala.

Dear God, we ask:

  1. Police officers and the chain of command be investigated to end repression and respect the constitutional right to demonstrate.
  2. The people's voice be heard over the media that brands young protesters as criminals.
  3. A transparent and thorough investigation of documents set on fire in the Congress building with the investigation results released to the public.
  4. Transparency in the allocation of the country's financial resources with priority given to the areas of health, food, and justice; therefore, the approved budget must be open for public discussion.
  5. Public accountability for the financial resources committed for loans to address the pandemic crisis.
  6. Participation in the accountability process to prevent any perversion of the law.
  7. Public awareness of any effort by dominant imperial powers to undermine and control the Guatemalan people's public institutions and resources.
  8. That we rise up against authoritarianism, totalitarianism, and unstable rule.

Sovereign God, we need your accompaniment as we commit to your redemptive plan in the arena of life. Let us be, along with your colleagues in mission, an instrument in Your Hands. You know everything, You see everything, and we are sure that You will cover us in your redemptive mystery.

In Jesus Christ, we pray. AMEN.

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Pray with Ghana, January 10, 2021

Ghana_Debbie_Colvin_01.jpegLectionary Selection:  Mark 1:4-11

Prayers for Ghana:  

Heavenly Father, you are loving and gracious. You alone are worthy of our praises and adoration. John the Baptist baptized and preached about forgiveness of sin. Father, we ask that you forgive us of our sins. Thank you for our families, friends, health, homes, work, churches. Today we lift up Ghana and its people who love and serve you in many ways.

Ghana_Debbie_Colvin_3.jpegWe especially ask for prayers for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Ghana as it works through changes and new leadership. May its leaders always keep your word in their hearts as they move forward. We pray for the Evangelical Presbyterian Theological Seminary as it seeks new partners for development to continue your work. All around the world, there have been changes in leadership, especially in the countries closest to us, the United States and Ghana. Please continue to guide the leaders and your people. In your Holy name, we pray. Amen.

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Pray with Korea, January 3, 2021

Korea_Thomas_Smith_PXL_20201217_072514097.jpgLectionary Selection:  John 1:10-18

Prayers for Korea:  

Oh charitable and merciful God,

In this season, we give thanks for Your Son, whom we call Immanuel. He who would reunify us with you. He that has always been. He that was the Word. He was born as the Messiah, a Savior of mankind. He came to save us from our own flawed nature, redeem us for our transgressions, and to interconnect us with the Holy Spirit.

During the Christmas season, we celebrate the birth of your child. Likewise, we celebrate the precious gifts and future that come with the next generation of humanity. Please aid us in cherishing and teaching them as You would have us - in love and faith.

Korea_Thomas_Smith_PXL_20201217_084525056.jpgIn Korea, we pray for a peaceful reunification of the peninsula in which all are free from oppression and repression. We pray that the English language program at Yang Mu Ri Presbyterian Church continues to provide financial opportunities and bright horizons that might be otherwise limited. Finally, please continue to keep us safe from Covid-19 and help us continue to weather this storm successfully to the end.

In the name of the Holy Trinity, we pray. Amen

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Pray with Nicaragua, December 27, 2020

Lectionary Selection:  Luke 2:22-40

Prayers for Nicaragua 

Our father who art in Heaven,
Let's protect, take care of, love us,
As only you know how to do it
May your wisdom flood the minds of scientists,
May we imperfect children of yours love each other,
May brotherhood flood our hearts,
Our minds, our wills,
That you provide the weakest,
Let the marginalized be part of our vision of love
May we all recognize that there is no one greater than you,
You know our hearts are weak
That our minds are changing every time we meet you
May our elders live to teach us,
May they illuminate the path of children and youth
That men and women take care of each other
That all beings can recognize ourselves as part of this creation of yours,
That we love, take care of, and respect your creation.
May the hope that your Son sows in our hearts not die.
That racism, classism, sexism, and others disappear
May each of us, your children, be able to show you our appreciation by taking care of each other.
May wars, hunger, misery, and exploitation of one another disappear.
In your infinite wisdom, love and tenderness, welcome us into your holy bosom and Heaven when our time comes.

May God the Father
May God the Son
May God the Holy Spirit dwell and remain in our hearts and minds in this Advent of 2020.

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Pray with Japan Sunday, December 20, 2020

Lectionary Selection: Luke 1:26-38

Prayers for Japan  

How can this be God?

You always come to us in the form of a promise. You speak to us even when we are so vulnerable and small. You place your trust in us even when we struggle with our own doubts.

How can this be God?

That your words fill us with longed for hope. Your angel’s blessing carries us beyond ourselves. You connect us to a long list of sojourners who dared to believe the promise of your love for all.

How can this be God?

At first perplexed, Mary opened herself to listen, and finally was convinced when the angel pronounced that “the Most High will overshadow you.” Let the birth of your Savior in our midst be for us a chance to let go of the skeptical “How can this be?” and embrace the heart that says “Let it be with me.” May your will be done in and through all hearts that place their trust in you.

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Pray with Lebanon Sunday, December 13, 2020

Lebanon_Heritage_Building_crop.jpgLectionary Selection: Psalm 126

Prayers for Lebanon:

Almighty God, creator of all, giver of life, we come to you with hearts that are overwhelmed with many thoughts and feelings.

We stand before you, raising our voices to you, trying to understand all that is happening in our personal lives, communities, country, and world.

Although overwhelmed, yet we come to you with the confidence that you are a loving God. We thank you for loving us unconditionally.

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Pray with Lesotho Sunday, December 6, 2020

Lestoho_Danielle_Murry-Knowles_LECSA_Zoom_Worship_1.jpgLectionary Selection:  Isaiah 40:1-11

Prayers for Lesotho:  

Gracious and loving God, as we walk through this advent season and continue to face the challenges of the pandemic, reattune our hearts to the comfort of your promise of Emmanuel, of God with us. We pray for those who are suffering from loss, from unemployment, from displacement during this global health crisis. We pray for the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa as they prepare for their annual Synod meeting this December, taking measures to protect against the virus. As the church in Lesotho and bodies of Christ around the world find creative ways to nurture community, worship together, and continue your work in the world, may we be reminded of your presence with us always.

Amen

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Pray with Israel/Palestine Sunday, November 29, 2020

Lectionary Selection:  Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

Prayers for Israel/Palestine:  
(reiterated from the refrain of Psalm 80, verses 3, 7 and 19):

Restore us, O God;
   Let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Restore us, O God of hosts;
  Let your face shine, that we may be saved.  

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
  Let your face shine, that we may be saved.

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Pray with Puerto Rico Sunday, November 22, 2020

Lectionary Selection:  Matthew 25:31-46

Prayers for Puerto Rico:  

God,

Creator of what we see, and we cannot see, thank you for your everlasting presence among us. We ask for your overflowing love, and mercy, to be poured over the island and the people of Puerto Rico as your living water pour your daily blessing over us. Be the mighty fortress for those still displaced by the continuous earthquakes of the southwest region of the island. Be the shelter of new hope, of new life, for those still waiting and feeling ignored by the authorities to fully recover from the hurricanes, from the uncertainty of the pandemic, and all the natural disasters that have impacted Puerto Rico’s normality and tranquility.

May your grace be the guiding light to continue blessing the least among us; to continue blessing our brothers and sisters; providing for their needs; comforting them in times of sorrow, and sharing your redeeming gospel of hope and mercy with all. Make us oh, Lord, the hands and feet of your assistance.  May our words reveal to the world our faithfulness and commitment to your gospel and service. May our actions, be the living testimony of our faith. In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ we pray, amen.

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