Prayer: Make Us Intercessors

Intercessor by Jamie Treadwell

1 Timothy 2:1 NRSV
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone

Numbers 21:7 NRSV
The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

John 11:3 CEB
So the sisters sent word to Jesus, saying, “Lord, the one whom you love is ill.”

Mark 2:4 NRSV
And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay.

Mark 14:37-38 NIV
Then Jesus returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Prayer: Make Us Intercessors
One who hears. One who knows. One who cares.
Our lives are full- full of work, worry, apathy, weakness.
Yet, you ask us to watch and wait and pray with you.
We are surrounded by death, but you are Resurrection and Life.
Help us claim your gift of intercession.
Inspire us to join the long line of faithful witnesses
who stand in the gap on behalf of others.
Moses… Mary… Martha… the unnamed determined ones
who tore open the roof to place their broken friend at your feet.
Fill us with determination, too.
An active, strong, persevering trust in your power to make things new.
Fill us Jesus. Fill us and use us for your glory.
Our hope is in you. Amen.

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