Today, we invite you to ‘Reread, Rest and Reflect’ on the prayers of the past week.
Lectionary Readings for Today:
1 Corinthians 2:11-16
We come to your Beautiful Gate today sharing your peace with one another. “May the peace of the Creator be with you and with your spirit.” Your peace, O LORD, is the same peace sung by the cantors in the time of David. They prayed for security and peace for Jerusalem. They prayed for us! LORD have mercy!
Let your love be known throughout the heavens, LORD. Let the message of your miracles travel on the wind and be spoken in many lands and languages. Bless these days and all who walk under your eternal canopy of grace, mercy, and love.
We enter your sacred prayer space feeling troubled. We see the ways of the arrogant and self-centred in this world. We see how they seem to prosper and get ahead while those who are faithful to you struggle each day to make ends meet. We tear down the arrogant with harsh thoughts, words, and actions as we grumble the days away and hurl curses at them. But you draw near to us and remind us of your promise to prosper us and not forsake us. You encourage us to focus on you and your desires for us, so we may see and receive your blessings.
LORD, often we turn from you and follow other gods and idols. We do what we think is best for ourselves, which leads us far away from you and who you made us to be, and also destroys your creation. You long for relationship with us. You wait for us to call out to you. Thank you, LORD, for softening your heart and for blessing us with your love, grace, and mercy.