June 21, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and the members of the Extended Cabinet are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.
You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.
Listen while I build my case, God, the most honest prayer you’ll ever hear. Show the world I’m innocent – in your heart you know I am. Go ahead, examine me from inside out, surprise me in the middle of the night – you’ll find I’m just as I say I am. My words don’t run loose.
I’m not trying to get my way in the world’s way. I’m trying to get your way, your Word’s way. I’m staying on your trail; I’m putting one foot in front of the other. I’m not giving up.
I call to you, God, because I’m sure of an answer. So — answer! bend your ear! listen sharp! Paint grace-graffiti on the fences; take in your frightened children who are running from the neighborhood bullies straight to you.
~~Psalm 17:1-7 “The Message”
God of all righteousness~~
So many voices are declaring these days as a time of threat and danger:
a time to be cautious about whom you call friend
a time to watch what you say and to whom you speak
a time to be wary of wily, eloquent instigators of trouble
Holy and justice-seeking God~~
How is it that we have come to this:
a time when we are fearful; shaking for lack of confidence
a time when we are anxious; yearning for a steady peace
a time when we are timid; knowing it is holy boldness that is needed
Holy and loving God~~
Extreme racism, violence, injustices, prejudices of every nature exist in our land–a country that calls itself “the land of the free” even as many are not truly free. In the midst of a hate so powerful that lives are not valued, we like to think we are innocent. Yet in our hearts we know that doing nothing does not absolve us from complicity–a truth that has been taught to us through your Holy Word.
We need you now, O God, to keep us focused on paths of righteousness. Remind your people of their promise to follow the teachings of Christ Jesus. Give us the courage to move beyond temptations and invitations to declare ourselves outside of the conflict. May we instead boldly call out prejudices and injustices and speak truth to power. Give us strength to break free from the prison of fear and ignorance, pride and arrogance. Fervently, we pray, shine brightly the light of Your love on all your creation so the evil darkness of hate is abolished from this world.
All our prayers are lifted in the Blessed Name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
For the darkness shall turn to dawning, and the dawning to noonday bright,
and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth, the kingdom of love and light.
~~Chorus of “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations”– UMH #579
By Rene Wilbur, New England Conference Lay Leader