Intercessions when facing uncertainty and surrounded by pain

Friends, I am sharing the intercessions that I wrote for our church service in Sunday. It was hard to find the words.

Dear Loving Heavenly Father,

For our nation and our world
We thank you for the celebrations for the Queen’s birthday last weekend.
When we look back at the week just gone:
We think of the violence that has occurred in France, in Orlando, and on the streets of Yorkshire. We pray that you would restrain the hands of evil doers. Lord, please comfort those who mourn, especially the family of Jo Cox; in the midst of their shock, sorrow and grief we pray for you to comfort them with gospel hope.

In the week to come there is going to be a referendum on EU membership.
We thank you that we are able to vote. The writer of Hebrew describes people of faith as “aliens and strangers who are looking for a better country a heavenly one.”
Help us to consider prayerfully how as citizens of heaven we should vote.
We pray that as we consider issues of sovereignty, economy, immigration we would do so remembering: compassion, mercy, love for our neighbour and the priority of protecting gospel freedom.

We pray that when campaigning resumes it would be characterised by hope instead of fear.

We pray that after the referendum those with deeply held convictions on either side would be able to work together for good.

We expect that after the referendum there will be changes at the heart of government, and Dear Lord we ask those those who govern would walk humbly, act justly and love mercy.

For ourselves
In the midst of such suffering, pain and uncertainty, help us remember that you are on the throne.
Thank you that because of the death and resurrection of Jesus we can call you Father.
We pray on this Father’s Day giving thanks for the earthly fathers and step fathers and father figures.
We pray for those for whom this day is especially difficult because of bereavement or because of a painful relationship with an earthly father.

We pause as we lift them before you now.

Lord there are many issues in our world where we do not understand why, but we do know you. And we can lift these before you as your children. Knowing that you will hear and will answer. Let us join together in the words of the Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father in Heaven
hallowed by your name,
your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On Earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread
And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
And deliver us from evil,
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours
Now and forever
Amen

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