Pledges to prayer for our friends

A form of commitment to pray that our friends might know Jesus, which can be used in events or prayed privately.

This Form of Commitment to Prayer for our Friends may be used. Creative ways of praying the names of friends privately, or of sharing them in a collective way, can be devised.

Loving Father,
In the face of Jesus Christ
your light and glory have blazed forth.
Send your Holy Spirit that I may share with my friends [N. & N.]
the life of your Son and your love for all.
Strengthen me as a witness to that love
as I pledge to pray for them,
for your name’s sake. Amen.

A Song of Ezekiel, or another canticle, may be said or sung.

All The Spirit of God fills the whole world.

1  I will take you from the nations,
and gather you from all the countries.

2  I will sprinkle clean water upon you,
and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses.

3  A new heart I will give you,
and put a new spirit within you,

4  And I will remove from your body the heart of stone
and give you a heart of flesh.

5  You shall be my people,
I will be your God.

Ezekiel 36.24-26,28b

The following may be said:

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

The Spirit of God fills the whole world.

We pray using the following words, or using another form of prayer.
We pray 

- that those for whom we pray may come to know and love Jesus;
- that we as his disciples will be given new confidence and encouragement by the Holy Spirit;
- that we may be made effective witnesses to Jesus.

God of our salvation,
hope of all the ends of the earth,
we pray:
Thy kingdom come.

That the world may know Jesus Christ
as the Prince of Peace,
we pray:
Thy kingdom come.

That we may be bold to speak the word of God
while you stretch out your hand to save,
we pray:
Thy kingdom come.

That the Church may be generous in giving,
faithful in serving, bold in proclaiming,
we pray:
Thy kingdom come.

That the day may come when every knee shall bow
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
we pray:
Thy kingdom come.

We pray the prayer for Thy Kingdom Come. The Lord’s Prayer may be said here, or at an earlier time.

Almighty God,
your ascended Son has sent us into the world
to preach the good news of your kingdom:
inspire us with your Spirit
and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,
that all who hear your Word
may be drawn to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A song or hymn may be sung here, to send us out as witnesses to Jesus.

We end our prayers with this final acclamation:

Glory to God,
whose power, at work among us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or conceive;
to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.
Alleluia. Amen.

From Ephesians 3.20-21