Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A prayer

We said this corporate response prayer in church on Sunday evening. I liked it, so thought I'd share it. (I believe it is from bettergatherings.com.au.)

Gracious God, we have come to see that our lives fall far short of your glory.
Have mercy and forgive us.

You have given your Son for us, and poured out your Spirit, yet we fail to return your love with all our heart.
Have mercy and change us.

Too often we are selfish and proud, ignoring you and neglecting others.
Have mercy and cleanse us.

When we do not truly trust and obey you, we are overwhelmed by self-pity, fear and worry.
Have mercy and deliver us.

In Christ we are given a sure hope and secure love, yet we follow the false hopes and desires of this world.
Have mercy and renew us.

Father, through the redeeming death of your Son, by your Spirit, and through your word,
enable us to follow you with joy.
 All this we ask, confident of your faithfulness and love. 


(Also Wendy has reviewed two books on prayer. H/T Jean. I love Don Carson's and have Paul Miller's high on the "to read" list. Simone has been writing prayers on her blog, but they aren't labelled so you just have to go looking.)

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