For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given
Thank you for giving us your Son, this most precious gift.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.
and the government will be on his shoulders.
You are sovereign over all governments, powers and authorities.
We pray for the leaders of the places where we serve: for wisdom and servant hearts.
May the poor receive compassion and the oppressed receive freedom.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
We are achingly aware that we don’t live in peace.
The world is at war against itself and against you.
Help us to be bearers of your peace, compassion, light and joy.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
We cry out for joy at your rule!
Help us to stand against violence, corruption, selfishness and greed.
We rejoice in the knowledge that your work is not yet done
and live in anticipation when you will come again.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.