Over 170 countries celebrate the World Day of Prayer the first Friday in March. Whether or not prayer is a habit for you, I encourage you to pray for someone today. Here is my prayer for our little corner of the planet. Feel free to use it or add to it. I won’t mind and I’m pretty sure God won’t either.
Lord God, hear my prayer.
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I pray for the many business men and women in our town. May they be people of integrity whom others can hold up as an example. Bless them with success and guide them in all their dealings with customers and employees alike.
For those in our Department of National Defense and for every civil servant: bless them with joy in their work and a firm conviction that what they do matters.
Bless our teachers. Grant them the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon, and the humour of Jim Carey. Show them, in tangible ways, how enormous their investment in the future is.
For the clergy of Portage and surrounding communities, I ask you to multiply their efforts a thousand-fold. Help them in times of discouragement to know their work is not in vain. Protect their families and grant them rest.
Protect our law enforcement, I pray. Thank you for the commitment of these servants who no doubt endure extreme frustration at times. Help them do their work well.
For all our health care workers, I thank you. Give them keen instincts to diagnose, to treat, and to provide care with compassion.
Thank you, Lord, for our firefighters and the work they do. Keep their pumpers pumping and their fire engines humming. Protect their lungs in a supernatural way.
I pray for our new immigrants. Help them to adapt to our severe climate, our difficult language, and our crazy Canadian ways. May they find in Portage la Prairie warmth, welcome, safety, and a place to truly call home.
For every volunteer in every sport, every church, every school, every organization. Bless them! Take the good they do and create ripples throughout our country and world.
For those who are ill, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally: bring healing and comfort, I pray.
Bless the youth of Portage, Lord. May each child and teen know at least one adult who faithfully speaks truth into their life and helps them see their amazing potential. Protect them from the pull of evil. Satisfy their thirst for belonging -- not with gangs, but with genuine family.
Lastly, I pray for every parent, for they do the most important job of all. Fill their hearts with love, their minds with wisdom, their bodies with energy, and their homes with peace. May they put their children’s needs above their own and draw their strength from You.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14