Not only do we bring to mind our city, but every city and country in the world. And we pray especially for the faithful people who dwell everywhere on earth. We pray that the faith is spread everywhere on earth. We pray that it takes root and is established on a solid foundation wherever it is planted. This is also a good time to bring to mind those who live in areas where Christians are persecuted, for their safety and for the protection of churches and communities in places of Christian oppression.
Can you see how this one petition brings so many possibilities when it comes to prayer? If you prayed for one of these things at each liturgy, then this petition would be thought of in at least ten different ways at ten liturgies. Truly a far cry from “the same and the same.” And a testament to how a few precious words can bring so much to our minds, our hearts and our prayers.
Thank You Lord for the city in which I live, and for the church community to which I belong. Protect and bless all those who are part of my church community. Protect and bless those who are part of the city in which I live. Remember my neighbors, my co-workers and my friends, those who work in the businesses which I patronize, those who travel on the streets I drive on, those who live in the houses on my street, for those who visit my town and those who make this place their home. And remember those who live in all the cities and towns of our world, keep them safe, safeguard our faith, protect those who call themselves Christians and allow our beautiful faith to be spread safely and firmly to every corner of the earth. Amen.