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Epiphany prayer for world leaders

God Merciful and Mighty, at the start of a new year,
we pray for our world and for those who lead the nations.

May your justice be in their heads and hearts.
May your concern for the poor guide their consciences.
May your love of peace shape their agendas.

We long for a world where justice and peace reign.
We long for the end of exploitation of human life,
which enriches the few at the expense of the many.
We long to learn to live on this earth in ways
that will ensure life for generations to come.

You have given us the vision.
We cannot fulfil it without you.

As we pray for our leaders, we pray for ourselves.
Show us your own power.
Equip us to choose, to speak and to act.
Be the ground on which we stand
and the love which drives us on.
Bring to us the day when all shall live in peace
and earth itself shall sigh with relief.

Amen. So be it. Amen.

Prayer based on Psalm 72 verses 1-7, 10-14, written by Carla A Grosch-Miller, and taken from 'seasons of the spirit' which is the prayer handbook 2019 published by the United Reformed Church