Thursday, December 10, 2015

Lord, in our darkness we cry to you!

Eternal one who dwells in my heart.  Awaken me today to your presence.  Enable me this day to experience you and find my center in you.  God of Abraham, David, and Paul, true Creator and Redeemer, I pray to you and seek you now.  Focus my spirit upon you and you alone.

You have come incarnate in the Lord Messiah Jesus.  God in flesh appearing.  The Miracle of miracles.  Lord, you humbled yourself to save us.   You sacrificed the security of heaven to suffer the harsh hatred of earth.   Open my heart that I might respond to this reality with proper awe and love. 

Lord, there are many struggling people and families at this moment.  Some are struggling from persecution and are refugees from terror, others face medical problems that seem overwhelming, still others are walking through the valley of the shadow of death, some souls are living in deep depression, many need a revival and renewal of faith and others need peace to come to their most cherished relationships.  

Lord have mercy and watch over us as the Good Shepherd. Lord come to us this day in that way we must need.  You who know us best, come us with that which is really our greatest desire.   Lord have mercy. 

Raise up for us leaders of character and competence that will have wisdom and insight during these times of fear and uncertainty.  We do not deserve such leadership.  But provide it as a gift to us now.  Use them to lead us back to a sane and stable path.  Lord have mercy on us all.  

Renew and revive your people's faith and love.  Holy Spirit, come upon us in truth and compassion.  Control us and use us to be effective in this generation to live the gospel in a wise way before a watching culture.  Show us how to bear witness to the world. 

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.  Amen

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