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On 1 Corinthians 12

Prayers from 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11 - Karen Stallard

12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

Gracious God, You call us into freedom and equip us with your Spirit to do good works.

We give thanks for those who have managed to realise their potential. We thank You for their gifts which are so carefully and generously shared in our world. We think of politicians, writers, entertainers, teachers, doctors, artists, trades people, business people, sports people, carers, parents, hosts, administrators, crafts people, inventors, scientists, travellers. We thank You for those who have blossomed and we thank You that their potential being realised has given us life.

For Your Spirit living in them, we give You thanks.

Gracious God, You call us into freedom and equip us with Your Spirit to do good works.

We pray for those who are struggling to realise their potential, we ask that they would step out in faith and do that which they feel so called to do. We pray that the resources they need to blossom will be provided. We especially pray for young people who are discovering their gifts, may they be encouraged, may they have the education they need to gain the best start in life. Inspire them to work hard, and believe in themselves and what they have to offer.

For Your Spirit living in them, we give You thanks.

Gracious God, You call us into freedom and equip us with Your Spirit to do good works. 

We pray for those who struggle to know who they are and why they are here. We ask that they would have people around them who can see the potential in them and encourage them. We pray that they would experiment boldly, and try things out in order to discover in what they are truly gifted. We pray for those who struggle to know their own identity, those who feel rootless and homeless, we ask that they would know an identity shaped by your Spirit in order to find themselves. We pray particularly for retired people who can no longer do what they were once able to do, and now struggle to see their purpose: we ask that they would discover new gifts to administer to the community, giving them new purpose as they enter a new stage in life.

For Your Spirit living in them, we give You thanks.

Gracious God, You call us into freedom and equip us with Your Spirit to do good works.

We pray for those who are disappointed in themselves, for those where life seems to have always gone against them or they have always failed. We ask that you would provide for them to do that which they are truly gifted at, and that others would highlight these gifts to them. We pray that they would know and accept their weaknesses and no longer struggle to do that which does not come naturally to them. We pray particularly for those who are stuck in jobs they hate and are no good at, we ask that there may be a way out for them which leads into new opportunities where they can blossom. We pray that the spirit of failure will be lifted from them so they may no longer feel disappointed and useless.

For Your Spirit living in them, we give You thanks.

Gracious God, You call us into freedom and equip us with Your Spirit to do good works.

We pray for those who feel unworthy and undeserving, we ask that they would learn to see themselves as You see them. We ask that they would be given numerous opportunities to achieve and that others will persist in encouraging them. We pray particularly for those in prison, those who have committed offences in society and are unable to engage with giving back to society. We pray that our communities will not compound their feelings of unworthiness but that we would see their potential and their worth even when they sabotage the opportunities we offer. Bring transformation, we pray.

For Your Spirit living in them, we give You thanks

Gracious God, You call us into freedom and equip us with Your Spirit to do good works.

Finally we pray for those who cannot be free to use their gifts and talents. We pray for release for captives and freedom for slaves, we ask that you would give others the gift of liberation to bring to those in captivity. We pray particularly for those trapped in domestic violence, those who are abused, those who are traded as slaves, those who are enslaved by extreme poverty, those living under oppressive dictatorships. Bring hope, bring light, bring freedom and may they be able to blossom even while they are in the midst of great oppression.

For Your Spirit living in them, we give You thanks.