Prayers from the AAPB – An Australian Prayer Book
A Prayer for Parliament
Most gracious God, ruler of all the nations, we pray for the parliament of this State/Commonwealth (now assembled); direct and prosper all its work to the advancement of your glory, and the safety and welfare of this country; so that peace and happiness, truth and justice, may be established among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the Members of the Armed Forces
Eternal God, the only source of peace; we pray for all who serve us in the defense forces of this land. Give them courage and comfort in all dangers, and help us, we pray, to seek for all people the freedom to serve you and each other in peace and justice. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God of the nations, whose kingdom rules over all, have mercy on our broken and divided world. Shed abroad your peace in the hearts of all men and banish from them the spirit that makes for war; that all races and people may learn to live as members of one family and in obedience to your laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Synod
God our Father, you judge your people with wisdom and rule us with love. Give a spirit of understanding to the synod of this diocese/to the General Synod of our Church that it may make wise decisions that will give glory to you and be a blessing to your people. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Prayer for Ordinands for use in the Ember seasons and at other times
Almighty God, giver of all that is good, you have appointed various orders of ministry in your Church; bless those who are to be called to the sacred ministry. So fill them with your truth and clothe them with holiness, that they may faithfully minister to the glory of your name and to the benefit of your people. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the Increase of the Sacred Ministry
Almighty God, look with compassion on the world you have redeemed by the death of your Son Jesus Christ. Move the hearts of many to offer themselves for the sacred ministry of your Church, so that by their lives and labours your light may shine in the darkness and the coming of your kingdom be advanced; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, whose Son Jesus Christ shared at Nazareth the life of an earthly home: bless our homes, we pray. Help parents to impart the knowledge of you and your love; and children to respond with love and obedience. May our homes be blessed with peace and joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace; give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions. Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord: that, as there is but one body, and one Spirit, and one hope of our calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may be all of one heart, and of one mind, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lord, hear our prayer for (these) your servants on their journey; watch over them, be their companion on the way, protect them in every danger, and grant them a greater knowledge of you in all that they undertake; we ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen.