Prayer for February 2019
A PRAYER FOR FEBRUARY
During February we are in the season of Epiphany when the Church remembers the coming of the wise men from the East to a stable in Bethlehem to see a King in a manger. Matthew tells us that there were wise men but does not specify a number. On the other hand he does specify that there were three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Great God you gave us your Son to be our Lord and King. This was signified by the gift of gold.We worship you as King and long for your Kingdom to be established among all people. We pray for all in authority that they will rule justly and in peace.We shall arise and shine for your light has come.
The gift of frankincense recognises that you are holy.We worship you as the Holy One. We pray that all life on the planet will be regarded as sacred as part of your creation.We shall arise and shine for your light has come.
The gift of myrrh recognises the myrrh carried by the women to embalm you following your death on the cross. They could not use it because you had defeated death and had risen in glory. We pray for all who are suffering – for prisoners of conscience, refugees, those living in war zones, those living with cruelty and those who are sick.We shall arise and shine for your light has come.Amen