Therefore let all who are faithful
    offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters
    shall not reach them.  

Psalm 32:6

We join our hearts and voices to offer our prayers to God.
In preparation for prayer, take a notebook and write down the people and things you would like to pray for as the Lord brings them to your mind.  These questions may help you:
  • What divine actions or attributes of God can we praise him for?
  • What blessings can we thank God for?
  • What insights and biblical teaching shall we thank God for?
  • For what ministries will we pray for?
  • What aspects of congregational life shall we pray about?
  • For which other congregations shall we pray for?
  • What concerns in our community, province, country, world shall we pray about?
  • What personal concerns shall we bring to God?
  • For which voiceless & powerless persons shall we pray?

See below for more prayer suggestions

 

Father God, we praise you as the one who is . . .

abundant in truth; almighty; beautiful; everlasting; ever present; faithful; good; gracious; holy; incomprehensible; infinite; invisible; just; living; long-suffering; loving; perfect; wise

Hear our prayer, O LORD...

(Suggestions for prayer)

For Creation

Harvest
Environmental concerns
Natural disasters
Seasonable weather
Restoration

For the World

War
Injustice
Hunger
Disease
Racial strife
World governments
International crisis
International relief organizations

For Canada

Courts and judges
National leaders
Military personnel
Lobbyists and advocates for justice and peace

For our local community

Local government
Housing
Racial strife
Poverty
Employment
Schools

For the Global Church

Unity of the church
Holiness of the church
Missionaries and mission agencies
Christian education: schools, colleges, seminaries
The International Church of the Nazarene
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries 
Ian Fitzpatrick, National Director – Church of the Nazarene Canada
Gordon McCann, District Superintendent – Canada Pacific District 

For Legacy Church

Pastor Aaron and Pastor Lorna
Church board members: Bernie, Cheryl, Ron, Brenda, John A. Heinz, Gail, Christel, MJ
Staff members: Shaka, Mariana, Tanya, Blair, Eleanor, 
Teachers, ministry leaders
Children and youth
Young Adult Ministry 
Seniors
Committees and ministries
VBS July 19-23
Summer Camps
"Celebrate the Church" Service September 12th 
Ministry to serve new immigrants
Foodbank Ministry
Bridgeview Elementary School Staff/Students
Unity in the congregation
All members in their witness in the community

For those In need

Those who suffer with physical or mental illness, and those who care for them
Those who suffer with addiction, and those who support them
Those who are mourning
Those who are imprisoned, and those who minister to them
Those who are lonely
Those who are homeless, and those who care for them
Those whose needs cannot be spoken
Those who are facing temptations
Those who live as single persons
Those who struggle with marital difficulties
Those who celebrate the birth of a child
Those who long for children
Those who care for young children
Those who are struggling with peer pressure
Those who are trying to choose a college or career path
Those who are unemployed or underemployed
Those who struggle in their work
Those who struggle with doubts
Those who are persecuted for their faith
Those who seek spiritual renewal
Those with family members and friends who do not have faith

Indigenous People and Residential Schools in Canada
Pray for truth, justice, and healing

In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 22 verse 37 we read the words of Jesus. He had been approached by an expert in the Law who asked Him, “what do I need to do to inherits eternal life?
Jesus replied... "What is written in the Law, how do you read it ?”  
This was reference to Deuteronomy 6 verse 5... "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength”...then Jesus added “love your neighbour as yourself.”

The horror of the discovery of those precious children in Kamloops demands not only collective action, but personal response. These Residential Schools were funded by the government and administered by Christian churches in order that indigenous children would be removed from the influence of their own culture in order that they be assimilated into the dominant Canadian culture ("to kill the Indian in the child”). Some 150,000 children across the country were placed in such schools far away from their families and their ancestral languages, and even their names were changed from aboriginal ones to “civilized” ones.  

As we evolve and modernize there is still something within humanity that must cry out with the Prophet Isaiah...
”woe is me”, in the context of having unclean lips and “dwelling in the midst of a people with unclean lips”.  
It matters not if we are talking about Canada, Palestine, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong or the Rohinga refugees
(to name only a few examples). It matters not whether it’s a black/white, Protestant/Catholic, Jew/Arab, Christian /Muslim issue...it usually boiled down to the stronger, to the dominant, to the victorious becoming the controlling force in society. The real tragedy is compounded by the fact that in an attempt to “evangelize” we became so confused that we thought we had to “civilize”.

God help us to see the error of our ways. Let us seek ways to love our neighbours as we love ourselves, to reach out, not only with legislative action, but with personal love, respect and honour for all.

Dr. Ian Fitzpatrick - National Director, Church of the Nazarene Canada

 

 Lament: Remembering the Children (edited) 

- From the Ambrose Chaplain, The Rev. Terry Fach | Ambrose University

God of all peoples, all nations and tribes, whose son Jesus took children in his arms and blessed them:

Today we remember all the children of all the residential schools—
the murdered and the missing,
the ones whose names we know and the ones whose names we don’t yet know.
We remember their tears, their loneliness, and their fear.
We remember the families—the grandparents left to grieve;
the parents suffering in unyielding silence,
the communities whose bright hopes for the future were snatched away.

Hear our lament
for what was allowed to happen and for what will never be:
For the injustices lived,
the sufferings inflicted,
the tears cried,
the misguided intentions imposed,
and the prejudice and racism
which smothered the sounds and laughter of the forgotten children.
In speaking and hearing and acting upon the truth
strengthen us, as the followers of Christ and as Canadians,
to embody our hope in action, starting today.
Turn our shock and our grief
into right action—action that works for right relations,
action that works for healing and justice,
action that reconciles what is broken
through the power of the Holy Spirit.

These things we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Nazarene Missions International

A PRAYING CHURCH

Remember your missionaries throughout the year in prayer. Many are often facing troubled times in the places in which they serve. They seek to be peacemakers and agents of transformation. They need your support through intercession.

The Prayer Mobilization Line (PML) is a weekly publication focusing on the prayer needs and praise reports for the global ministries of the Church of the Nazarene and our missionaries. It is available in English and Spanish. 

Visit NMI Prayer Page Nazarene Missionaries
LINKS Missionaries
Ermias & Mulunesh

Currently Ermias and Mulu are global missionaries serving God and His people in the Horn of Africa based Nairobi, Kenya. They have three grown boys, Nathanael, Estifanos & Abeselom.

Please pray for Ermais and Mulu’s leadership and literature development and refugee ministries.

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Nazarene Compassionate Ministries

Remember to pray for the church's response to international needs.  

Pray for our two local NCM ministries:

NCM Prayer Page NCM Canada

PRAY WITH US

STREAMS OF MERCY

God, we know that 1 out of every 10 people in our world lacks access to safe water, and every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related cause. In Sierra Leone, more than half of people living in rural areas do not have access to safe water. Nearly one out of every five children in Sierra Leone will die before his or her fifth birthday. Clean, safe water could prevent many of those deaths.

We thank You for the work of Your church to provide access to safe water in Sierra Leone and so many other countries around the world. Please continue to work through Your people to provide safe water for those who are thirsty in the name of the One who is Living Water.

Lord, this is our prayer.

 

PRAYERS FOR FREEDOM

God, we’ve recently learned that the Global Slavery Index estimates more than 45 million people are trapped in slavery today through forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. Greed drives this evil enterprise that preys on girls, boys, women, and men who are vulnerable to human trafficking. We pray for the rescue and restoration of those enslaved.

Far too often, children are trafficked, many into the sex trade. May they be freed from their exploitation and experience new life and healing. We pray, too, for children who are vulnerable to trafficking—those in the foster care system, those who are abused, immigrants and refugees, and those living in crushing poverty. Please use us to minister to children and prevent exploitation.

Lord, this is our prayer.

 

ON THE MOVE

God, our hearts cry out for the 60 million individuals in our world who are displaced from their homes due to violence and persecution. As we learn about the situations of more than 1 million people displaced in Ukraine and more than 9.5 million who have fled from their homes in Syria, we yearn for the danger to end. We yearn for mercy and compassion. And we are thankful for the ways You are working through Your people to serve those who are on a desperate search for safety and stability.

In the busy days we fill up, it’s too easy to forget what is happening in other parts of our neighborhoods and our world. Help us to remember, and use us to show others Your love.

Lord, this is our prayer. Amen.