This gentle, sung prayer of intercession invites us to pray for others while breaking down the sense of “us” and “them” that is often the pattern of such prayers. The congregation can sing just the refrain (especially at first while they are learning it) or the whole song.
“Leaning In” also moves us toward a prayer of intention, focusing on our intention to join in God’s ways of healing, justice and love that are already at work in the world. Rather than emphasizing petition, assuming that our prayers will cause God to act, this song invites us to join in the work that God is already doing.
Congregations often find this song to be both moving and a refreshing change in perspective.