Children Matter Most
Prayer: Call to Action

Gracious and almighty God, we come before you filled with
awareness of your presence in our lives. And we thank you. We
thank you, Lord for how you are with us.

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Lord, our hearts are filled with gratitude. Gratitude for the many,
many ways you speak into our lives and into the lives of those we
love. Thank you, Lord.

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We come today to ask you to soften our hearts and open our
eyes, we come that we might be more the people of action and
care you call us to be. We come for your help to see those in
need of our time, our resources, our work.

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We pray specifically today, Lord, for those who have yet to be
born and for those who have care of them. Lord, soften our hearts
and open our eyes, may we see where we are called to action.

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Hear our prayers, Lord.
For both children and those who have care for them who are
living in Indiana and yet do feel they are part of any community,
feel they have no one to walk alongside them, Lord, soften our
hearts and open our eyes, may we see where we are called to
action.

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For both children and those who have care for them who are
hungry even as they are surrounded by others who have plenty,
Lord, soften our hearts and open our eyes, may we see where we
are called to action.

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For both children and those who have care for them who are
impacted by violence, Lord, soften our hearts and open our eyes,
may we see where we are called to action.

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For children who are living in fear. Lord, soften our hearts and
open our eyes, may we see where we are called to action.

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For children experiencing injustice. Lord, soften our hearts and
open our eyes, may we see where we are called to action.

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For children experiencing illness. Lord, soften our hearts
and open our eyes, may we see where we are called to action.

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For both children and those who have care for them who are well,
who know safety and for whom every physical need is met, Lord,
but they do not know the power of redemption, we pray. Lord,
soften our hearts and open our eyes, may we see where we are
called to action.

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Lord, may none of the children or those who care for them find
themselves unaware of the power of your love. May our churches
have arms wide enough to gather in all. May we work for a more
just world. May we love them as you have called us to love.

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Lord, we thank you for hearing our prayers. Bind us together, one
to another and all to you that as we have been called to action,
we may move and act together.

AMEN