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O Come, Emmanuel

At our Carol Services on Sunday we reflected on the name of Jesus – Emmanuel: God with us. And we took a moment to pray for our city, our nation and our world, asking that we would know Jesus as God with us.

Here is the prayer we used. You may find it helpful to fuel your own prayers over this Christmas period.

Heavenly Father, we ask that you would draw close to us and fill us with your love. May the story of Christmas bring us comfort and hope. In our weakness and our strength, our joy and our pain, our plenty and our need, may we know you as God with us.

Lord hear our prayer:
O Come, Emmanuel.

Prince of Peace, we bring before you the many conflict situations in our world: in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and many more nations. Would you hear the cries of the suffering and would you intervene. We pray for the wounded and injured; for the bereaved and displaced; for those separated from family members and those living in constant fear; for the hungry, the homeless; refugees and exiles. Would you be a source of comfort and peace to them, and would you bring healing, wholeness and restoration to their lives.

Lord hear our prayer:
O Come, Emmanuel.

Mighty God, in whose hands is justice and upon whose shoulders rests all power and government. We pray for the leaders of our nations, asking that you would guide them with your wisdom. May they defend the cause of those in need, and stand for integrity, justice and truth. We pray for the safety of our city in these times of uncertainty. Would you dispel fear and replace it with your peace.

Lord hear our prayer:
O Come, Emmanuel.

Everlasting Father. Would you extend your Fatherly love to all those in need and strengthen the families and communities of which we are a part. Bring comfort to the lonely, strength to the weak, and security to the vulnerable. Would you bless and protect those who are elderly or unwell, console all who grieve, and draw near to those who lack the warmth and security of family. May they know your peace in their hearts over this Christmas period.

Lord hear our prayer:
O Come, Emmanuel.

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