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Prayers of Lament

Jeremiah 31. 15 This is what the Lord says: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.’

Loving God, we cry for the lives that have been tragically cut short. We weep with those who are weeping, praying for your sure and strong comfort hope in our pain. We pray for parents who continue to miss the children that they delighted to bring into the world. We stand together with them in all that they so dearly wanted for their children. Shine your light into our darkness, speak your hope into our despair, make sense from our confusion, bring your new life.

LORD LET YOUR KINGDOM COME——–LORD LET YOUR WILL BE DONE


2 Chronicles 7. 14: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Loving God, today we stand together, and seek your face. We are crying out to you for your mercy, and we pray that you would give each one of us a desire to turn from our wicked ways. We repent of our failings; we acknowledge our wilful disobedience to your laws; we recognise our shortcomings in so many ways. Hear us, O Lord, from your throne of grace, and forgive us. Heal our land, heal our city, heal our communities, and lead us day by day to choose Life.

LORD LET YOUR KINGDOM COME——–LORD LET YOUR WILL BE DONE


Psalm 12 1 – 4 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race. Everyone lies to their neighbour; they flatter with their lips but harbour deception in their hearts.  May the Lord silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue – those who say, ‘By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us – who is lord over us?’

Loving God, we stand together against the greed and wickedness that we see at every turn. We are dismayed at how far we have fallen. We stand together against greed, deception, fraud, lies, intimidation, exploitation, bullying, selfishness and arrogance. Help Lord for we see folly and infidelity in so many ways all around us. Keep us from slipping into thinking that violence is acceptable and normal.

LORD LET YOUR KINGDOM COME——–LORD LET YOUR WILL BE DONE


Luke 13. 34  Jesus said, ‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.

Lord Jesus, the one who wept over the City of Jerusalem, today you weep with us over our City. Stretch out, we pray, your loving arms over our children. Deliver us from evil. Protect us from danger. Give our children the wisdom and will to run to you for cover, and to find in you that security and peace which the world cannot give. Today on behalf of our City, we stand together to say, “We are willing, we do so want to live under the shadow of your wings.”

LORD LET YOUR KINGDOM COME——–LORD LET YOUR WILL BE DONE


Proverbs 14:34  Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.

Come Holy Spirit and revive us, we pray. We stand together in need of a fresh outpouring of your power. Fill the hearts of each one of us with your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Heal our brokenness and divisions. Mend, we pray, our broken relationships, broken families, broken systems. Loving heavenly Father, turn the hearts of parents back to their children, and turn the hearts of our children and young people to their families. Let love and patience flourish in our homes, may neighbours delight in hospitality, may doing the right thing be the hallmark of every community.

LORD LET YOUR KINGDOM COME——–LORD LET YOUR WILL BE DONE

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