This week we will offer our prayers
based upon the Lord’s Prayer.
When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he did not lecture about the principles of effective prayer. Instead he gave them a model, drawn largely from prayer themes already familiar to devout Jews of the time. The Lord’s Prayer remains the model prayer for all Christians. It teaches us that what we ask of God must be rooted in praise and blessing (“hallowed be your name”) and must flow out of the most basic of Christian desires – that God’s kingdom come and God’s will be done. One way to structure intercessory prayer is to follow the outline of the Lord’s Prayer, adding appropriate petitions throughout.
(The Worship Sourcebook)
Offer prayers of adoration and thanksgivings
Offer prayers of longing for God’s shalom
Offer prayers for the needs of the community
Offer prayers for interpersonal reconciliation
Offer prayers for the world and for personal struggles with temptation and evil
Offer prayers as you worship God as powerful, righteous and gracious
Offer prayers for the presence of the kingdom