Prayers of the People

By: Reality SF

Yesterday at our gatherings, we joined in Freedom Sunday by praying for the 40 million people around the world currently living as slaves. To learn more about the worldwide epidemic of slavery and trafficking and how you can help put an end to it, visit International Justice Mission’s website.

Here was our prayer:

For San Francisco, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphaned, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, for the refugee and immigrant, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

We gather today in Your name, enjoying many freedoms. And yet, we recognize that not all people are free. Today, we join in solidarity with hundreds of churches worldwide acknowledging and praying for the 40 million people around the globe currently suffering as slaves.
Lord, have mercy.

We confess our tendency to live comfortably with injustice and apathy towards those who are vulnerable and abused. Transform us into people who share your heart for justice.
Lord, have mercy.

Words cannot express what our hearts feel when we hear of men, women and children deceived, transported to unknown places, and forced into labor for the financial gain of their oppressors.
Lord, have mercy.

Let your tender love and care surround all present victims of trafficking and slavery. Deliver them from the hands of their perpetrators.
Lord, have mercy.

Give us the courage and wisdom to stand in solidarity with them, that together we will find ways to the freedom that is your gift to all of us.
Lord, have mercy.

Defend us, deliver us, and in Thy compassion protect us, O Lord, by Thy grace, we pray,
Lord, have mercy.

For Your Kingdom come and Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Lord, have mercy.