Prayers  for  the  week 

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee.  He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”  
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.  Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.”  Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 
When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”
Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?”  
Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”  
Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”  
Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?  You will see greater things than these.”  And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
                                                                        John 1 : 43 – 51     New Revised Standard Version
Insistent God,
by night and day you summon your slumbering people;
So stir us with your voice
and enlighten our lives with your grace
that we give ourselves fully
to Christ's call to mission and ministry. 
A prayer for our nation and the church throughout our nation:
Creator God, 
you made us in your own image
and redeemed us through Jesus your son. 
Look with compassion on the entire human family; 
take away the pride and the arrogance which infect our hearts; 
break down the walls that separate us; 
unite us in bonds of love; 
and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; 
that, in your good time, 
everyone will learn to serve you in harmony 
– both now, here on earth,
and in time to come, around your heavenly throne; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
A prayer for our Parish and community
Loving Heavenly Father, 
thank you for our community 
– and for the people who live around us.
Help us to be a gift to the community in which you have placed us,
as we witness to the truth that every place and every time is yours. 
In an age of change,
show us what we can do to make a difference; 
in a world where people are fearful,
help us to spread your message of hope
and never forget that you are with us 
– each and every one of us – constantly.
Suggestions for your personal prayer times

Loving Heavenly Father,
thank you for your Salvation through Jesus, which is the name above all names. 
Let every word that I speak, 
and every thought that I think, be pleasing to you. 
Let my entire life be my act of worship.
Thank you, God, for this new day. 
Help me to live in line with your Word. 
Show me who I can help today. 
Let that person feel your love though my actions. 
Let them experience your presence. 
Empowering God,
help me to live in a way that pleases you. 
Give me wisdom in all that I do. 
Guide me in everything that I say. 
Give me strength to stand against temptation.
Almighty God,
thank you for making a way for me to have life
and to live life to its fullest potential! 
Lead me and guide me throughout this day. 
Be a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 
Let my life be pleasing to you.
God of all protection and strength,
your presence provides comfort and refuge for me. 
As I put my trust in you, 
give me the confidence to move forward with my day,
knowing that you are standing guard, encircled around me.
God of inspiration,
enable me to be a channel of your blessing and your peace. 
Give me everything I need – and more 
– so that I may be able to help those less fortunate than I. 
Let me be a beacon displaying your generosity to the world.
God of peace, grant me rest. 
Help me to have a time of refreshing. 
Rejuvenate my mind. 
Restore my body. 
Awaken my soul. 
Help me to understand that you are overlooking my life. 
Help me to have a calmness,
and freedom to be able to relax,
and celebrate your presence with family and friends.

You may be interested in The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Please click here to read about this year's theme, "Abiding in Christ" and to use the readings, reflections and prayers that have been prepared by the Christian churches in Malta and Gozo (Christians Together in Malta).