Prayers for Sexuality and Marriage
A Prayer for SEXUALITY AND MARRIAGE
Loving God, although we have often failed in our love
for you and in our relationships with others,
with humble hearts we thank you for your mercy
and love poured out towards us in Jesus Christ.
Lord who created us male and female,
we thank you for the complimentary
rhythms of life and for the purpose of sex.
Help us to regard gender and sexuality
as your sacred gifts so that we don’t
trash our instincts and affections
by being slaves to self desire or
to passions that exploit others.
We thank you that in the mystery
of marriage two become one.
We thank you that you planned the family
as the foundational unit of society so that
we could live together in loving company.
Lord be especially with those who are single parents
and with those people gifted to remain single.
Where marriages are broken or unhappy, forgive us.
Where there is hope, fan again that first love.
Where there is no hope strengthen and comfort people
with your everlasting love.
We pray for people deeply affected by the
traumas of social disorder, domestic violence,
sexual abuse, alcohol or drugs.
We pray for adolescents exploited by a sexualised society,
for those who struggle to understand themselves
and who battle with their feelings and impulses.
Lord as you were tempted from different directions
empower all of us to face subtle temptations,
to surrender our secret desires to you
and with patience and strength to choose that which is good.
Lord where there is confusion, depression or emotional stress
give wisdom to those with whom we
can share our troubles and bring hope and reason
into hopeless situations, in Jesus name,
A Prayer for our community and those who govern
Lord God, giver of life and power.
Lord of Lords, who reigns over the nations
and who ordains powers of government for our well being,
We pray for government built on sound policies
rather than expediency or personal slander.
Save us and our leaders from the folly of imagining
that we alone can make our country great or
build a lasting empire when we know
that it is righteousness that exalts a nation.
As we reflect on our national Constitution
open our minds and soften our hearts to understand
the continuing injustices and deep hurts of our aboriginal brothers and sisters.
Amid the assault on Christian values and rise of new ideologies
surrounding human dignity, marriage and gender,
strengthen the church to discern between good and evil.
Help us to choose the narrow path of truth and compassion
rather than relying on public opinion.
We pray for the Uniting Church in Australia,
the National President, the State Moderator, officers of our Presbytery.
We pray for The Assembly of Confessing Congregations
in its role of calling the church to honour Christ.
We pray for the persecuted church and the families of thousands
of Christians who are martyred every year for their faith.
For those who are harassed, tortured or live in daily fear
of repression and the secret police.
We pray for those in our neighbourhood who are lonely,
who are without confidence. Those who want to reach out
but are afraid of possible failure. Help us to reach out to them.
Enable us to rejoice in your faithfulness,
to know that nothing can change or alter your love for us
stamped on all eternity by the cross of our Lord.
Where there is a negative spirit or feelings of despair
we pray that sorrow will be transformed by the faith and joy of your people.
Renew us in the gifts and abilities we have, to worship and serve you
that others may be turned to you and made glad.
In Jesus name
E. A. (Ted) Curnow