March 12th, 2023

Holy God, whose Spirit moved over the waters at the dawn of creation,

hear our prayers for all who thirst today.

We pray for those who are spiritually thirsty,

who long to know Your presence, to hear your voice,

to be touched by your grace.

We pray for those who are alone and without hope,

those who long to feel needed and loved,

those who are searching for meaning and purpose.

May we remain thirsty, our deepest yearning quenched with your living water.

We pray for all who are physically thirsty,

who don’t have enough water to drink, or feed their animals,

whose fields are parched, whose crops have withered;

those who have to walk long distances to find enough water to survive,

or whose communities including or Indigenous siblings who do not have clean water.

We pray for those whose homes and communities are devastated

because of drought, famine, flooding.

We pray for those who are thirsty for justice,

who long for an equal sharing of resources among peoples and nations;

those who put their lives at risk to protect streams and rivers and oceans;

those who are working to find clean water,

and make it available to those who need it.

God, we ask that you would open our hearts to the needs of all who thirst.

Give us courage to work together for justice,

to stand alongside those who are thirsty,

so that all people, everywhere, may live without want or fear,

and may discover the abundant life You promise to each one.

Source of living water, we pray for all who stand in need of healing, hope,and wholeness, we pray for one another, including our households of faith for this week.

Draw near to those awaiting test results or appointments, surgery, or recovering from surgery. We pray for those who grieve and those walking with loved ones through the valley of the shadow of death. We pray for those whose burden is light and for those whose burden is heavy. Bring relief we pray and refreshment for mind, body, and spirit.

For needs named and yearnings too deep for words we offer all of our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ, source of living water. Amen.