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Engaging with the world in prayer

Over 300 prayers for personal use or in leading worship


Ripples of prayer


Praying for this world

Ripples  is all about engaging with the world in prayer, and is a collection of 300 contemporary prayers for personal use, or for those who lead worship in church.

Imagine throwing a pebble in a pond, and watching the ripples spread out over the surface of the water. So it can be with our prayers, which start with our own walk with God and spread out to encompass our fellow travellers throughout the world, their joys, concerns, and needs.

Themes covered with these prayers include:
At the start of the day
Walking and working in God's world
Family, friends and neighbours
Those growing old
Suffering from Dementia
The lonely and depressed
The anxious and stressed
The sick and those who care
Those who mourn
God's extended family
The poor and hungry
Those in captivity
The persecuted and suffering
Those who hate
Those seeking justice
Rays of hope and blessings

The vast majority of these prayers do not appear elsewhere on the pages of this website.


God of rising sun
be the warmth that I feel.
God of gentle wind
be the air that I breathe.
God of refreshing rain
be the cleansing I need.
God of sacred space
be the peace that I crave.
God of setting sun
be the rest I desire.

We bring to you those
for whom every day
has become a struggle,
another mountain to climb,
and often a little steeper
than one climbed yesterday.
Gracious God, bring relief,
a gentler path to follow,
time for healing, time for rest.
Strengthen body and soul, we ask.

Take that which we are,
the potter’s chosen clay,
and with your hands
create from us
something beautiful today.

For those who walk
more slowly
through this world
than in the days
when they were young,
may each step
be made lighter
and their joy be greater
for seeing beauty
in little things
that the hurrying pass by.

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