A Responsive Prayer Not To Just Pray

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Eternal God,

You alone are Just and Righteous and Holy.

You alone are Good, Right, and Perfect.

You tells us that your eyes are on the righteous and that you hear our prayers (1 Peter 3:12) and that You the Spirit even helps us when we don’t know what to pray (Romans 8:26-27).

So we “approach Your throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16)

We pray to You, today to bring about Your Shalom; peace and flourishing for all Your children; that your will be done here and now as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10).

And we acknowledge that we are your ambassadors in and a broken and hurting world.

So we pray that we not merely pray to you, O God, to end war;

For we know that You have made the world in such a way that we must find our own path to peace: with You, within ourselves and with our neighbors.

As you have reconciled your people to yourself, we ask that you would equip and embolden us as your ministers of reconciliation here and now.

We do not merely pray that You, O God, would end starvation; For You have already given us the resources to feed the entire world, if we would only use them wisely.

We ask for wisdom with the resources you have given your people; that we would use them to further Your kingdom rather than our own.

We do not merely pray that You, O God, root out prejudice; For You have already given us eyes with which to see the good in all people, if we would only use them rightly.

You have shown us, O God, “what is good” and what You require of us: “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with You, our God” (Micah 6:8).

Empower us, O God, to humbly love the strangers in our midst, because we were once strangers to You (Deuteronomy 10:19).

Make us more like You, O God, who shows no favoritism to any country or people (Acts 10:34), protect us from believing that our country, our skin, or our position in society makes us any better than anyone else.

Remind us, O God, that Love does no wrong to a neighbor (Romans 13:10), and let us not justify our lack of love by asking: “who is my neighbor” (Luke 10:29), but form us into a people that owes nothing to anyone but Love (Romans 13:8).

We do not merely pray that You, O God, would end despair; For You have already given us the power to clear away slums and to give hope, if we would only use our power justly.

God, you have shown us that where your people are, the ideal is that there should be no needy people among us (Acts 4:34). Help us understand that we are stewards of Your resources and to use them wisely so that people will see our generosity and praise You (2 Corinthians 9:13).

We do not merely pray that You, O God, would end disease; For You have already given us great minds with which to search out cures and healing, if we would only use them constructively.

God, grant us the humble confidence to stand against systems which enable those who oppress the poor to increase their own wealth (Proverbs 22:16).

We pray to You, O God, for strength, determination and will power,

To do and not just ask,

To become instead of merely to wish.

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10)

For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. (Matthew 6:13)

Amen.

(Adapted from a prayer by Jack Riemer featured at Social Justice Resource Center)

A Prayer for Indigenous People's Day

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“O Great Spirit, God of every people and every tribe,
we come to you as your many children,
to ask for your forgiveness and guidance.

Forgive us for the colonialism that stains our past,
the ignorance that allowed us to think
that we could claim another’s home for our own.
Heal us of this history.

Remind us that none of us were discovered
since none of us were lost,
but that we are all gathered within the sacred circle of your community.

Guide us through your wisdom to restore the truth of our heritage.
Help us to confront the racism that divides us
as we confess the pain it has caused to the human family.

Call us to kinship.
Mend the hoop of our hearts
and let us live in justice and peace,
through Jesus Christ, the One who came
that all people might live in dignity.

Amen”

(from the Episcopal Church: Resources on the Doctrine of Discovery) #indigenouspeoplesday

Borrowed from All Souls Church’s Facebook feed.

Wednesday Morning

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“Lord God,

You have given me another day,

a day to live in your service

and for the good of my fellow people.

I am indeed a poor tool in your hand

and deserving to be cast aside.

Forgive me all my sins for Jesus’ sake,

and by your Spirit, grant me fitness for the work of today.

I ask you to make me mindful, dear Lord,

that I am but a stranger and a pilgrim in this present world.

Let me not devote my efforts today to purposes unworthy of you;

let me not gather treasures merely for this world;

let me not serve money and greed.

This life is but a vain show; let me not search for an abiding city here.

But, Lord, fasten my heart and hope on the life that is in you,

and let my strivings and desires be directed to the treasure of your Love.

As long as I am in the land of my pilgrimage,

hold my hand; keep me from every path that strays.

If I should stumble in sinful weakness, grant me repentance and faith.

For Jesus’ sake.

Amen.”

(taken from the 1951 Lutheran Book of Prayer)

A Prayer For Peace

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Eternal God,

in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn

but the sword of righteousness,

no strength known

but the strength of love:

So mightily spread abroad your Spirit,

that all peoples may be gathered

under the banner of the Prince of Peace,

as children of one Father;

to whom be dominion and glory,

now and for ever.

Amen.

(taken from The Book of Common Prayer online edition)

A Prayer For My Hospice Coworkers

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Each morning I open the day at the office with a meditation. Here is a prayer I wrote for my coworkers.

Gracious God,

Creator and Sustainer;

Eternal Three In One;

In humble confidence we ask that you would hear our prayers;

Meet us where we are but don’t leave us there.

We ask that you would make us more like Jesus; drawing us closer to Him,

But we do so hesitantly, knowing we often grow most in times of struggle.

We do not ask for struggle but for the grace to meet it with your grace when it comes.

You spoke and out of nothing came everything;

there is no problem we will face that is too big for you;

and yet you have named every star;

know the grains of sand on the seashore;

the number of hairs upon our heads;

no detail of our life is too small for your care;

As we seek to serve others, we ask that you would fuel us with gratitude;

we ask for the joy of your salvation

that we may walk among the hurting, sowing your healing. 

May we breathe in Your Love and exhale your goodness. 

As it was in the beginning,

is today,

and shall be forever.

Amen.

A Litany For Weeping

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A Litany For Weeping by Kaitlin Curtice. Sojo.net. 11.08.18

We think that there are no more tears left,
that we can’t,
as a people,
possibly mourn this deeply, this often.

So we breathe and remember:
Jesus wept.

We are numb,
staggering with disbelief,
scared and wondering if shalom
still exists.

So we breathe and remember:
Jesus wept.

We try to make sense of hate,
try to trace the line
of white supremacy.

We see that though we’ve come so far,
it’s not so far that we’ve come.

So we breathe and remember:
Jesus wept.

We name those who have died
from unjust institutions
and the carrying on of hate.

We raise our fists and
beat our chests.

So we breathe and remember:
Jesus wept.

We hope to be brave,
but we are tired.
We hope for freedom,
but there are so many in shackles.

So we breathe and remember:
Jesus wept.

We fight with weapons of
peace and humility.
We fight with the power
of listening.

We breathe and remember:
Jesus wept.

And when tomorrow comes,
and the day is new,
we cannot deny reality.

We live our own belovedness,
and the belovedness of others.

So today, in all our places, we breathe and remember:
Jesus wept.
And so we breathe and weep with him.