National day of prayer 2014

Today is the first Thursday of May and so it is the National Day of Prayer. At noon, several will gather in White Park on the corner of 6th Ave and Merchant St. to pray for our nation. Here is my contribution to today’s prayers. Sometimes the best prayers are those we think about before we pray. Written prayer is not part of my tradition, but I find beauty in contemplating the words I will speak on behalf of myself and all of God’s children.

Hebrews 4:12-16
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[f] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

 

Prayer for repentance & rededication
God of grace and mercy, draw the hearts of your children to you. Open our eyes to the broken places in our hearts and lives that need your touch. Convict us of our sin through the Holy Spirit. Show us the way of peace and wholeness that you offer those who follow your Son, Jesus. Turn us away from the distractions of the world, and the temptation to wander in our own ways. Cause our hearts to chase after your heart.

Give us a passionate dedication to the beauty of the Gospel message and the desire to shine your light into dark places. Convince us that the things we hold onto are useless and hinder us from running with victory the race you have set before us. Help us to lay down whatever does not lead to a deeper love for you and a fuller heart of service for those around us. Show us how to put aside not only sin, but anything that keeps us from fully dedicating our very selves to you.

Take our lives, our hearts, our families, our jobs, our relationships, our activities, our churches, and wring them out of the excess and the corruption of serving our selfish motives. Fill us with a vision of every part of our lives lived to bring glory and honor to you.

May your Holy Spirit produce mature fruit in our lives that you can use to feed those around us who are hungry for the things of you. May your love pour forth from us, your joy fill every moment, your peace pervade our relationships, your attitude of long-suffering give us perseverance in difficulty, your kindness characterize our interactions with the world, your goodness motivate our decisions, your faithfulness the foundation of our grounded life, your gentleness evident in our evangelism, and self –discipline the strength that enables us to continue putting one foot in front of the other as we follow you.

All for your glory and the revelation of your rule and reign on earth as it is in heaven, through your Son Jesus, our LORD.
Amen.

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