Luther's Small Catechism defines prayer as "an act of worship wherein we bring our petitions before God with our hearts and lips and offer up praise and thanksgiving to Him."
Please pray for the following who are ill or have special needs and concerns, and remember to thank Him when He has healed them:
Helen Doege, member of Christ Lutheran Church
Praise God for our members and friends celebrating birthdays in December:
December 1, Michele Rogers
Give thanks for another year of married life for:
December 4, Tom and Lynn Jackson
Finally, the Prayers of the Church for the Second Sunday of Advent:
Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
Lord God, in the fullness of time You sent Your servant John to be a voice crying in the wilderness, preparing the hearts of the people for the coming of Jesus Christ. Bless also the pastors You have sent out among Your people in our generation, that they would faithfully proclaim Your Law and Your Gospel for the saving and comforting of many souls. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless all of the leaders of our congregation, Lord. Give them the wisdom to know and the determination to do Your will. Give them Your vision for our community, that together we can serve You in whatever way You deem best. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father, we know that You are not slow in keeping Your promises. Thank You for being patient with us. When we stray from Your commands — when we sin against You in any way — send Your Holy Spirit to convict us of that sin and draw us back to You in repentant faith. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of grace and power, You sent Jesus to break the power of sin, death and the devil. We ask You to intervene in the lives of those who remain enslaved to drugs, alcohol, gambling, Internet pornography or any other kind of destructive addiction. Set the prisoners free, Lord! Jesus’ blood has power for forgiveness and new life — do not let the evil one destroy the lives of those for whom You died. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Savior, as St. Peter wrote, we know that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, and the world as we know it will come to an end. Help each of us to live holy and godly lives as we look forward to that day. Cleanse us by Your Word — purify our thoughts, our words and our actions — and thank You that, because of Jesus’ finished work for us, we can be found spotless, blameless and at peace with You on the day He returns. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord God of the nations, have mercy on those places ravaged by the Ebola virus [or other epidemic]. Thank You for those people — medical doctors, nurses, aid workers — who are willing to put their own lives at risk to help the sick and suffering. Protect them, Father, as they do Your will by caring for their neighbors. Prevent the further spread of this disease and allow it to be contained; Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father, hear us as we pray for those who are sick, shut-in or grieving in our own congregation. Be their comfort and their strength, O Lord. Let them know the consolation of Your love. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord God, You know the hearts of all people; Your Word says that You are familiar with even the secrets of our hearts. Prepare our hearts for the gifts of forgiveness and strength, which You give us in Your Holy Supper, that we may receive them with full confidence and joy. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Into Your hands, O Lord, we commit all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Adapted from prayers published by the Commission on Worship,
LC-MS, and used by permission.