We come before you this day, lifting before you those who need your healing touch, your comforting presence, your reassuring word. Hear our prayers, we pray, and make us agents of healing in your name.
Hear our prayers for those who live in longing, Lord ... longing for healing, for a job, for shelter, for justice, for food, for hope, for community, for relationship with you. Open the ears of your people, O God, that we might hear those longings being expressed, even in ways that make us uncomfortable, and stand with those who are hurting to seek your mercy.
Hear our prayers for leaders who refuse to hear their people, Lord ... whose hearts are hardened and whose ignorance is blinding. Open their eyes, we pray, to the need for living wages, for safety, for disaster assistance, for food security, for reassurance, and for justice for all.
Hear our prayers for those wandering in the wilderness of Sin, not knowing which way to turn, not knowing how to find their way out. Guide them with your gracious hand, we pray. Make of your church a haven for the hungry that all who encounter your Church at work in the world may be transformed by it and welcomed into a new life in Christ.
Hear our prayers also for those we name below and for those whose names are in our hearts and on our minds, and for those whose names we do not know and may never know. Surround them with your steadfast love, we pray. Touch them with your infinite mercy, and fill them with a peace that passes all understanding. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen.