Tuesday, January 06, 2009


When I read through this prayer, I found several Catholic themes to it. Though, I am not Catholic, far from it with my Quaker Blood, I am a daughter of the King and know that it is only because He first loved us. Pray with me, please:

Father, we thank you for revealing yourself to us in Jesus the Christ, we who once were not your people but whom you chose to adopt as your people. As ancient Israel confessed long ago, we realize that it was not because of our own righteousness, or our own superior wisdom, or strength, or power, or numbers. It was simply because you loved us, and chose to show us that love in Jesus.

As you have accepted us when we did not deserve your love, will you help us to accept those whom we find it hard to love? Forgive us, O Lord, for any attitude that we harbor that on any level sees ourselves as better or more righteous than others. Will you help us to remove the barriers of prejudice and to tear down the walls of bigotry, religious or social? O Lord, help us realize that the walls that we erect for others only form our own prisons! (Truly, Jesus! Let's be honest here, I know that my attitude needs adjusting.)

Will you fill us so full of your love that there is no more room for intolerance. (Let me be the peacemaker I long to be.) As you have forgiven us much, will you enable us with your strength to forgive others even more? Will you enable us through your abiding Presence among us, communally and individually, to live our lives in a manner worthy of the Name we bear? (I am but a vessel for You, Jesus.)

May we, through your guidance and our faithful obedience, find new avenues in ways that we have not imagined of holding the Light of your love so that it may be a Light of revelation for all people. (Out with old - in with the new!)

We thank you for your love, praise you for your Gift, ask for your continued Presence with us, and bring these petitions in the name of your Son, who has truly revealed your heart. Amen. (I know you hear us, Lord. You have answered me always. Thank You, Jesus!)

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