December 14, 2012 by Jay Helms
Hear our cry, O God; listen to our prayer. From the ends of the earth we call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead us to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:1-2
But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; Psalm 73:28
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18
God, our help and hope in every time of life:
we bow before you in distress and confusion.
Devastation and death seem to rule your world today.
We know not where to turn, nor even how to pray.
Assure us that you know our thoughts before we think them,
That you accept
petitions that have no words,
prayers that are inarticulate anguish,
even anger in the face of events we do not understand.
Remind us of your presence with Jesus
in his hours of agony,
in the face of abandonment by many whom he trusted,
in the pain of crucifixion,
and even in death itself.
Enable us to know that you do not desert us
but in times of need stand even closer than before.
Comfort those who mourn.
Give hope to those who seem to have lost all hope.
Give peace to those who sorrow and strength to those who are weak.
With your healing power, touch those who are injured.
As you give us opportunity to pray for and serve those in need,
grant us generous spirits
and the wise and efficient use of our abilities
in offering aid.
Move us by your Spirit to renew our commitment to the Prince of Peace,
to seek justice,
to love mercy,
to walk humbly with our God,
to beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks.
Renew in us our commitment to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Remind us that it may be Friday now,
but in your Providence Sunday’s coming,
and your love will see us through
For you, O God, are our hope and our strength,
an ever present help in time of trouble;
to you we pray through Jesus Christ
who triumphs over all things. Amen.
A Word of Hope from a previous blogpost for my brother Tam, whom I love.