Sunday Prayers 3rd May 2020 

John 10:1-10

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I’d like you, if you would, to picture in your minds an image of Jesus holding a sheep close to his chest as we pray together this morning.

Thank you Lord that You love us, care for us and have compassion on us, the sheep in Your care. It’s Your compassion that heals our bodies, strengthens our spirits and renews our minds. Thank you Lord Jesus that as You carry us over the rough places of our lives, we are soothed by the steady beat of Your heart, comforted by the gentle warmth of Your breath, protected by the unfailing strength of Your arms.

The sheep of the fields are vulnerable and in constant need of protection and care. Thank you Jesus, that You are the shepherd who is perfectly able to guard us, to provide for us and to bring us into the safety of Your fold. All You ask is that we learn to adopt the trusting nature of a sheep in your perfect care. We thank You that You never lose a sheep that God has entrusted into to Your keeping.

We thank you Lord Jesus that You give Your life to save and sustain the lives of all who come into Your fold, regardless of age, gender, status or diversity. We praise You that, during these troubling times, You lead us into the ways of peace, You shine a light on our path, and You accompany us on our jouney, whatever it may entail. May we turn our hearts to You, Lord, and may we become more and more familiar with your dependable voice as we navigate this uncharted territory. 

Jesus, we turn our prayers to all of your sheep who are sick and suffering due to the pandemic, those who are working tirelessly and selflessly on the frontline, and to world leaders and those in authority. May you provide healing, comfort, resources, strength and wisdom as you hold them all in your care, and guide them through these uncertain times. We pray that you will over-rule the plans of the enemy, that the spread of the Gospel will not be hindered, and that Your perfect will and grace will abound throughout the world.

I’d like to bring the prayers to a close today with the Message version of the 23rd Psalm:

God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, You let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I am not afraid when You walk by my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.

In the name of Jesus the Good Shepherd, AMEN.