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Prayers of the People July 28, 2019

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Based on Luke 11:1-13

Receive our gifts this day, God.  And let them be a statement of our recognition that we owe our well-being to you.  We ask for your guidance of the search process, looking for new leadership for our church.  May the committed members of the search committee, dedicated to hearing your voice and to finding our next senior minister, find also your wisdom, your patience, your assurance, in undertaking this task.   

We all stand in so many ways today, O God, in a thoughtful and humble attitude before you.  And like Christ’s disciples of old we ask… teach us to pray.  Whether we pray in complex words and deepest thoughts, or with simple caring acts, expand our vocabulary of prayer.  Teach us to pray.

If we have been too timid in prayer to turn the full content of our hearts and souls over to you, then open us to your influence and your grace.  If we have been too fixed in prayer upon the ends we’ve determined we must achieve, or must receive, or must accomplish, or must overcome, then help us to check those inflexible intentions against your greater designs for our lives and our world. 

Remind us of the privilege of standing in relationship to you as our Father – a relationship that gives us brothers and sisters everywhere.  Then let our prayers be turned outward with compassion to our brothers and sisters, more often than inward with concern for our own needs.  Teach us to pray… to pray well, to pray often, to pray faithfully, to pray in ways that matter for our lives and the welfare of our world.

Then as we pray, we trust, O God, that Jesus’ promises to us will be fulfilled, and all our seeking, all our asking, all our knocking will yield some results – even if the greatest results we witness will be changes to our own hearts and souls.  Teach us to pray, God, that whether we receive what we ask for or not, we may open ourselves, nonetheless, to receive everything you have to offer to us. 

We pray these things in the name and memory of the one who first taught us to pray.  And using his words we sing them together now… The Lord’s Prayer … Amen.