Each year the 146 Bible Societies in the United Bible Societies fellowship hold a day of prayer on May 9 – the date on which they came together to form the United Bible Societies in 1946. This year’s prayer has been provided by the Swedish Bible Society, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.
Our Lord and Saviour,
We come to you full of gratitude and joy because we belong to you, our sins are forgiven and the promise of eternal life is planted in our hearts.
We thank you for the Church, your body here on earth, united through the atonement of Jesus Christ and full of diversity through the gifts and abilities you have granted to us.
Lord, we want to surrender anew to the common mission to make you and your gospel known. Let your kingdom come and your will be done. Renew us with your Holy Spirit and let your Word always shape us.
We bow in prayer before you and recognise that you alone are God. Together with our brothers and sisters throughout the world, we put our hope in you. We trust that you are the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last.
In Jesus Christ we pray,
You can also use this short video, which shows images of Bible Society work around the world, to inspire your prayers.
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