Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis is the Proistamenos of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Fr. contributes the Prayer Team Ministry, a daily reflection, which began in February 2015, has produced two books, “Let All Creation Rejoice: Reflections on Advent, the Nativity and Epiphany”: “https://amzn.to/2t1rXwh and “The Road Back to Christ: Reflections on Lent, Holy Week and the Resurrection.” https://amzn.to/2WAcfG0
Answer me when I call, O God of my right! Thou hast given me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. Psalm 4:1
Good morning Prayer Team!
For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.
As we near the end of the opening part of the Liturgy, called the Great Litany, the final petition is sort of an “all of the above” petition, asking the Lord to deliver us from ALL affliction, wrath, danger and necessity, as these things threaten:
~our personal peace
~the peace in the world
~unity of our church
~our church community
~the leadership of our nation
~the community in which we live
~those who are sick or suffering
Affliction includes physical and mental illness, poverty, loneliness and other “crosses” that people carry.
Wrath or anger, includes helping us to avoid becoming angry, and also avoiding the anger of others, for peace to be present throughout our lives and our relationships.
Danger comes in many forms, from the obvious natural disaster, to the less obvious, temptation to gossip, which can quickly go bad, and everything in between.
Necessity, or need is the opposite of abundance, or even adequacy. We pray to have the adequate, if not abundant amount, of the things we need—food, shelter, friends, material sufficiency (notice I did not say wealth).
Today’s prayer comes from the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil, and “catches all” the petitions of our service very well:
Remember, Lord our God, all Your people, and pour out Your rich mercy upon them, granting them their petitions for salvation. Remember, O God, all those whom we have not remembered through ignorance, forgetfulness or because of their multitude since You know the name and age of each, even from their mother’s womb. For You, Lord, are the helper of the helpless, the hope of the hopeless, the savior of the afflicted, the haven of the voyager, and the physician of the sick. Be all things to all, You who know each person, his requests, his household, and his need. Amen.
Have a great worship experience today!