Based on 1st Kings 3:3-6, 9-12
God of Life, we are grateful for our share in this world. We are grateful that your creation is abundant, that your gifts are many and varied and lovely, and that our own lives are simple grace. The best of what we enjoy has come to us unearned. It has come as a gift by your hand. We are thankful. Receive the gifts we offer in return, and put them to use, we pray.
We pray today for places where violence is all too likely, where hunger and heartache are everyday events. We pray for those whose lives are diminished by hardship and turmoil and pain. Teach us, as brothers and sisters to those who endure in these troubled places, to offer what we can to restore fullness of life. Let our own lives be nothing but blessing to others.
We pray this morning for those near to us whose concerns and whose joys we know. We pray with families who grieve, and with individuals who struggle with illness. We pray our thanks with those who are joyful today, for restored health, for renewed relationships, for fresh hope. And we pray with those among us here today harboring an unspoken loss, an unnamed fear, a quiet contentment. Because we are one, as Christ’s followers, we join our hearts together in petition and in praise.
Finally, we pray, for our own lives, especially for all we are unsure of, God, for all that needs our attention, demands our involvement, but for which we are unprepared and unready. When we are uncertain how to proceed, where to turn, what to do, help us to turn to you for the wisdom we lack. Let us borrow from the vastness of your vision and insight and boundless love. Remind us that we need not face our decisions alone. Let us rely upon your guidance. Grant us discerning hearts, so that we might live lives whose dignity, value and beauty are clear to you. Make us wise enough to live faithfully as your children and as companions of your Son, so that you may look at our lives and be pleased. We pray these things in the name of the one who taught us to say, when we pray …Lord’s Prayer.