Dear Father God,
In the name of Jesus, our King and Saviour, I come before you today with a heart of gratitude for your unconditional love for all of us. Thank you for your sustenance during these uncertain times. We thank you for the greatest gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Thank you for calling each one of us to serve you alongside the local church partners as well as our Canadian Baptist friends who pray for us and support the ministries we are part of.
I pray for those whom you have sent us to serve alongside with – the Africa churches and their local communities. The Bible says that Jesus came so that God’s people may have life in abundance. However, there is still much social injustice. The orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda are in need of access to education and psychosocial support. Lord, I ask that you would keep healing this country and its people.
Help women in the Democratic Republic of Congo who have suffered through sexual violence, as it has been used as weapons of war. Lord we pray for justice for our sisters, daughters and mothers.
South Sudan has seen too much death and violence because of ethnic conflict and political unrest. Lord, would you hear the cries of children, men and women in the church who plead day and night for healing in the land. We beg of you to bring stability to this beautiful country.
In Eastern Africa, the swarms of locusts have worsened the famine caused by severe droughts and climate change. Lord, you know exactly when and how much rain we would need to be able to sustain the lives of millions of people in the region. We trust that you will provide.
Globally, we are still combatting the COVID-19 pandemic that caused a global economic crisis. And yet the most affected are the ones who already live on the margins and below the poverty line. We not only lost material things, but also the most precious of your creation – human lives. Friends, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers. Lord would you comfort the families that lost their loved ones because of CODID-19 as well as other causes? We also pray for justice and equity in the accessibility of COVID-19 vaccines.
Lord, would you speak to our hearts this Lent. Our hearts are your true temple, and you want it to be a place of worship. Cleanse my heart and forgive me for the times that I have fallen short. As spring comes, would you take my soul from its dormant state and bring it back to life again?
We recognize Lord that we are a people needing your salvation. In this the third week of Lent, we pray for your forgiveness and acknowledge our continued need for your love. Please welcome us back like the father who runs out to meet his lost child. Only you can close that distance.
Lord, bless all of us – the partner churches in Africa, who are seeking to advance your Kingdom through word and deed. Bless CBM, individuals and churches who generously and sacrificially give to the work of changing lives even in the midst of challenges. Lord, bless the work of their hands and provide to their needs as well.
Hear our humble prayer, that we bring before you today. In Jesus’ name, amen.