October 28, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, the Preachers' Aid Society is 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.
Inspired by Psalm 34:1-5 [NRSV]
“Praise for Deliverance from Troubles”
I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes it’s boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me;
and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him, and be radiant;
so your faces shall never be ashamed.
O God of glory and radiance, you who are worthy of praise, and the source of healing and compassion: we magnify your Holy Name and seek, in your Presence, deliverance from all that afflicts your people.
Liberate us from that which makes us afraid; release us from prisons of self interest; call us to compassion for all who suffer and grieve: so that your Love may empower us with hope, and give us grace and strength to endure together through every season of distress and hardship.
In gratitude for your abiding Presence, O God, we pray in the Name of Him who healed the sick, comforted the afflicted, and calmed the storm; Jesus, The Christ. Amen.
Written by The Rev. F. Richard Garland
Retired United Methodist Elder; North Kingstown, Rhode Island; Seacoast District