A few weeks ago, I had the chance to lead our Sunday morning time of prayer. I was given the opportunity to write whatever I wanted … and the process of putting together a prayer for our community ended up being one of the neatest writing experiences I’ve had in a long time.
God, we come before you — knowing that your love for us is deeper than we could ever fathom, trusting in your desire to heal us and to work towards our wholeness, and praising you for the ways we see your spirit moving in our lives and in our world.
We thank you for the times when you feel close by. And we thank you for the times when you feel far away, when we pray and hear no answer. For the times when your lack of answer is not a locked door, but more of a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. When your response is a silent sort of — ‘Peace, child; you don’t understand.’
God we don’t understand, but we trust you. Help us to trust you. Lord, we believe. Help us to overcome our unbelief.
God, we recognize that we are imperfect people — living in a broken world that has not yet experienced the healing and redemption you have in store. We ask for your wisdom knowing how to wisely interact with the systems and structures of power in our world.
God, open our hearts and minds to be able to detect specific places in our areas of influence where there may be unequal power structures. Places where your deeply loved children feel that they are not safe to speak about the ways they are hurt or marginalized — whether that is because of gender, ethnicity, abilities, or any of the many social and economic factors that impact who we label as “the other.”
We confess. We confess the ways we have fallen short of living for you: in what I have done, and what we have left undone.
Lord, we pray for everyone in our world who is struggling against the weight of fear, violence, natural disasters, political oppression, hunger, sickness, and unrest.
We pray for our nation’s leaders, that your wisdom, love, and heart for healing and justice could be seen in our city and in our nation.
God, we thank you that you care about our needs — spiritual & physical. We thank you for always being with us. Help us to trust in you more.
In the name of your son, our savior, Jesus Christ.