Benefice of Derwent Ings

Prayer Focus July and August 2018

In our school assemblies we have been thinking about the Lord’s Prayer, a line at a time. Let’s do the same over the next two months; perhaps beginning each day by saying the whole prayer and then meditating on one particular line.

Our Father – God wants us to come to Him in the intimate parent – child relationship. Come to Him as His precious child and spend some time thinking what it means to be a child of God. As children of God that makes us all Christian brothers and sisters so let’s pray for one another within our benefice as well as within the worldwide Church. Let’s remember too our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted for their faith.
Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come. Our heavenly Father is also our heavenly King. Hallowed means holy, set aside as special, so let’s now adore God as King.

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You. Amen.

Thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Pray that we may indeed do God’s will: to love Him, to love one another and to bring others to know Him. Pray that we may know God’s will for our lives and especially pray for anyone you know who is at a crossroad in their life.

Give us this day our daily bread. As we think of this line we remember how dependent we are on God for all our daily needs. Give thanks to God for our food, clothes, homes and luxuries but remember too those who are living in hunger or poverty. Ask the Lord to help us share what we have and pray for the work of Worldwide charities which help the needy. As you eat your meals give special thanks for what we often take for granted – a full plate!

And forgive us our trespasses,

Spend some time in confession followed by this prayer:
May the God of love
bring us back to Himself,
forgive us our sins,
and assure us of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

As we forgive those who trespass against us. This is always a difficult challenge. Pray for strength here for yourself as well as for others. Pray for reconciliation in broken relationships and new beginnings.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Pray for protection against the evil one. Pray for people suffering because of the evil ways of others, especially those caught up in war torn countries.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

We finish by glorifying God:

So, with angels and archangels,
and all the company of heaven,
we praise you for ever, saying:
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of Your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.


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