The Prayers (p. 23-24)
“O my God, incline your ear and hear. … For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy” (Daniel 9:18).
“The Prayer of the Church” is an appropriate name for the prayers offered at this point. These prayers, although spoken by the Pastor, are really the prayer of the entire church (“we pray”), of us who have been added to the priesthood of all believers by Christ our High Priest. Thus, they include petitions for the Church around the world, as well as for our congregation; prayers for peace in our country and around the world; thanksgiving, praise, confession, and request. We pray for “the whole people of God in Christ Jesus” (all Christians) and “for all people according to their needs” (1 Timothy 2:12). The Church here exercises the function of intercessor on behalf of her members and all other people who also have been created by God. We pray that they also may come to know the peace and joy of Jesus Christ crucified for them and in their place. For the basic outline of these prayers, see pp. 23-24.