Written by Fernando Santos from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Adapted from a prayer from Peterborough Diocese People and Work Programme, Intercessions for Information Technology

Lord, we come to you and ask for your wisdom to navigate this technological age that you put us and your church. Help us to know when and how to resist the powers of the age, and how to shine forth the hope we have in your coming kingdom.

We are grateful for the incredibly good and beautiful things in our technology today. But we also lament the evil that sometimes comes intertwined with it.

We pray that technology may be the servant, not the controller of our lives.
We pray that technology may help us to grow in virtue, instead of vice.

We pray that technology may point us more towards your beauty and love revealed in creation, instead of alienating us from it.

Lord, we pray for those involved in research and development of technology; we remember the power and responsibility they have for making changes in our world and our lives. We pray that the whole range of considerations – social, economical, political, moral – may be properly taken into account.

We pray for those setting up, administering and analysing data; we give thanks for the good that these offer through improved communication and depth of insight. But we also remember the ways that these applications can disrespect privacy or reproduce injustice in our society, and ask for your mercy.

We pray for those who develop computer games: we are grateful for how fun and beautiful these games can be, but we also know their potential to distract and addict. We pray for those who are addicted to them, and for their families.

We pray for those who have boring cubicle jobs, those who suffer from Repetitive Strain Injury, or eyestrain. We pray for willingness to deal with the causes of such problems.

We pray for those frightened of computers and other sorts of new technology; those who feel they cannot master using them; those who feel old or who lose their confidence in the face of change and new things. We remember those who have lost their jobs as a result of new technology.

Lord, yours is the power, and you alone can do great things.
We are sure we shall see your goodness in the land of the living.
Let us be strong, hold heart and wait for you. Amen.