Prayers 11/12


DIOCESE Advent Wonder: Third Sunday of Advent

‘But just when he had resolved to do this, and angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David’ do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”’ (Matthew 1:20 NRSV)

Look …

As you look at the picture, what do you notice?

Reflect …

When was the last time you found yourself wondering what you should do in a tricky situation? Perhaps you didn’t have an angel speaking to you in a dream, but how did you find the wisdom you needed?

Pray …

We wonder –

Spirit of Wisdom, help us make good choices; Spirit of Revelation, help us see clearly when we’re making difficult decisions; Spirit of Truth, help us know what we should do.

May we, like Joseph, learn to hear your voice in the midst of our wondering.


(Advent Wonder written by Lyndall Bywater – Diocesan Changing Lives Prayer Network Co-ordinator)

DEANERY Praying for the Deanery discerning how to move forward in a time of change and transition
RESIDENTS Kingsdown Close, Kingsgate Close, Lacey Close
COMMUNITY The College Practice, Allington
CHARITY Winter Shelter
SICK & ANXIOUS Tanay, Betty Hildebrand, Rosemary Watson, Connie Neaves, Jo & Oscar, Hilary King, Priscilla, Peter Sturgess, Fran, Jackie, Wendy, John Larcombe, James Birt, Alan Bird, Jill, Tina & James, Elsa Harrington, Graham Mission
DECEASED Joyce Cripps, Ron Firth, Brian Lloyd, John Fenwick


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Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.


As we go through Advent, we pray, Lord, for Your presence in our midst. We pray that we will live each day true to you. Help us who are called by You to show Your love and compassion. Build us into a united body, ready to serve those around us.


We pray for all those who are anxious, under pressure, worried about rising costs. Help your church to be the answer where possible, to reach out to make lives easier. We are so blessed in so many ways, Lord, may we never forget that all we have comes from You. Give us the wisdom to be good stewards of your riches, our money, talents, our time.


‘The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.’ 2 Peter3:9


As Christmas approaches, we pray for the doubting, the sceptical, the unbelievers to encounter Jesus; not the baby in the manger, but the risen Lord. Through Your Holy Spirit please work in lives not touched by your love. Draw the lost into your kingdom.


‘In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what to pray, but the Spirit intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.’ Romans 8:26


We pray for the world around us, for all who are living under threat of war, persecution, famine, terrorism, for all those in need especially as winter approaches. We ask, Lord, that you bring comfort, peace. We acknowledge, Lord, that You can do so much more than we can imagine, help us to pray effectively knowing that You hear our prayers and answer us.


‘You, Holy Father are the King of heaven and earth You are Holy, Lord, the only God, and Your deeds are wonderful. You are strong, You are great. You are the Most High, You are the Almighty. You are our heaven and our hope . You are our faith, our eternal life. Great and wonderful Lord. God Almighty, merciful Saviour.’ (From Prayer of St. Francis)


Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus into this world.