Prayer

Evil

Evil

Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 100:3; NLT).

They kept demanding an answer, so he [Jesus] stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” (John 8:7; NLT).

“How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye” (Luke 6 42; NLT).


Lord,
I’m sorry for all the evil
We, your people, inflict on
Those weaker than ourselves.

I pray for an end
To our boundless capacity for
Judgement and criticism,
Prejudice and discrimination,
Hatred and brutality.

May we all learn to live
In love and peace together –
At last.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Prayer

The folly of hatred

If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river
(Isaiah 48:18; NIV).

 

Father,
We don’t need your intervention!

We’re destroying
This beautiful world
All by ourselves.

It’s only taken a few thousand years
For us to reach this point
Of exploitation and hostility.

Yet, even now,
Perhaps it’s not too late.

Lord,
Help us to grasp
The utter folly of our selfishness and hatred.

Help us to share
Our limited resources fairly,
And to respect each others’ differences.

Then we will learn
To love our neighbours
As ourselves,
Living at peace together,
And sharing your beautiful, fragile world,
Until you choose bring it to an end.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Prayer

Distress

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

“Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10; NIV).

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble, or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? […] No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love
(Romans 8:35-8; NLT).


Father God,
Please help us all
When we struggle
With every kind of distress –

Hunger or thirst,
Poverty or homelessness,
Physical or mental suffering,
Loneliness or grief,
Prejudice or persecution,
Oppression or violence.

Most of all,
Please help us
When life is so hard
That we lose our faith in you,
Though nothing
Can ever separate us
From your love,

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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