Monday, November 14, 2016

This Is My Prayer

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I have never considered myself a great prayer warrior.  I have always yielded to those who I considered to be gifted in the art of conversation with the Holy. However, with so much division and frustration around me, I needed to write these words.

God of many names, times and places as I bow my head in the locks of my shoulders, I come in humble adoration giving you thanks for the opportunity to call on your holy and righteous name.  I come thanking you for you are always better to us than we deserve. I come full of angst and emotional turmoil because of the pain and dissention I see in our communities, churches, and across the world. I come before you feeling powerless to stop the hatred that divides races and nations.  
God of peace, right every wrong done to your people everywhere. Bring peace to those places where war has been a daily occurrence. Allow your light of peace to shine in those dark desolate places of pain and terror.
Mother of the nations, protect your children everywhere who are homeless, cold, hungry, tired, hopeless, frightened, and looking for a safe loving place in order to live, thrive and be children.
Give our political and religious leaders everywhere eyes of pity and a tender heart of compassion. Help them to see you in others so they will recognize our common humanity.
Giver of Life, you have created all things and called them good. Make us good once again. Create in us clean hearts and renew a right spirit within. Touch our hearts right now and remove anything that would hold hurt, anger, grief, pain, jealousy, and resentment.  Bend our pride to your control. Help us to celebrate our vast differences, gifts, graces, and use them to build a better world. Release a spirit of forgiveness in the atmosphere right now. Heal your human family. Make us one with brothers and sisters all over this world.

God of love, bring peace to the land, by transforming all instruments of war and suffering into works of art and enjoyment. Destroy the violence and evil that so easily becomes us and give us hearts that lead us on paths of reconciliation.     

God of my ancestors, I pray that you strengthen me for the days ahead, to be a bold participant in the difficulties of the time. Help me to use my knowledge and wisdom to influence others to do justice and live righteously. May all that you are, become all we must be.  In the mighty and matchless name of Jesus the Christ. This is my prayer. So be it.

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