A Prayer for these times
Lord God, ruler of the heavens and the earth, you came to us in Jesus Christ so that we might be rescued.
By your death on the cross, Lord Jesus, you bought freedom for people of every tribe and nation and language. Under you, loving Father, your precious people of every tribe and nation and language will one day rule a peace-filled earth.
It pains our hearts to see a world so divided, so many oppressed and crushed. We cry out to you for healing, for justice, for your life-giving love to flow. We have hope, because we know that you love everything you have made, and we pray that – one heart at a time – you would change your world by your grace.
We thank you, Jesus, for the power of your blood to break down the walls of hatred, and to bring peace where before there was contempt.
We repent of our own part in the brokenness and sickness of this world. We so desperately need your wisdom, Lord: peace-loving, gentle, compassionate wisdom. We pray it for ourselves and for our leaders.
And as we live in a world gasping for breath – the horror of George Floyd’s murder, unable to breathe; the tragedy of coronavirus victims, unable to breathe; the countless numbers crushed in slavery and exploitation – we fall to our knees in prayer. Holy Spirit, in this our suffocating world, please breathe your life. Come, breath of God, sweep through this land, bring life out of death and hope out of despair.
All for your glory, that the world may see your loving-kindness.