A prayer for 2014
Father in Heaven, we know that you are a God of Mercy and Grace, that you are Compassionate and Good. You forgive us of our sins, cleansing us from them and holding thousands of generations in your great attending love, yet you do hold us accountable for our actions, allowing us to learn from the consequences.
O Lord, according to your faithfulness, to your own name, please change our hearts towards you. We have grown cold as a church, we need you to light us on fire with your great merciful and compassionate love. Help us to see others as you see them, help us to love as you love, to forgive as you forgive, to be kind and peace-loving, yet firm in the revelation you have given us of yourself.
Forgive us for our greed, for our cold hearts, for our looking away from those in need, for distracting ourselves with pretty things and gadgets that only make us grow smaller and separate us from real relationships – mainly our relationship with you. Forgive us for standing in judgment of others without examining our own lives and realizing we are no better than anyone else is. Forgive us for wasting the wealth and blessings you have graciously given us and spending it on bigger cars, bigger houses, bigger churches while people in our own neighborhoods go hungry and homeless.
Lord, forgive us for doubting your love, for doubting your presence, forgive us for our blindness, our eyes that no longer see you in our neighbors. Forgive us for sowing the seeds of separateness and not building bridges of unity among each other.
Lord, awaken us, stir our hearts to repentance and give your church boldness in proclaiming your name.
We ask for repentance and awakening in 2014.
Isaiah 30: 20-22
Though the Lord gave you adversity for food
and suffering for drink,
he will still be with you to teach you.
You will see your teacher with your own eyes.
Your own ears will hear him.
Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
whether to the right or to the left.
Then you will destroy all your silver idols
and your precious gold images.
You will throw them out like filthy rags,
saying to them, “Good riddance!”