Father in heaven, great is your name in all the earth…
We have been reminded time and time again in 2020 that this world is broken as a result of sin. Goodness, Lord, this world is broken. We are thankful that in the midst of all this chaos, and even in our own brokenness, you have made a way for us to be restored by you and to be with you forever. It is only by the eternal grace that you offer us through your Son and our Savior, Jesus, that we can be saved (Ephesians 2:8). We are saved from the temporary struggles that seem so imminent at this time, but more importantly, we are saved from the sting of death, which is sin.
Lord, no one has been oppressed like you have been oppressed. From the beginning of time, we have oppressed you. At times, all of us have decided to ignore you and go our own way. And it is our sin that brought death and oppression upon you (Isaiah 53). Yet, it was your kindness that led to our repentance (Romans 2:4). It was by your mercy we realized we could be made new (Lamentations 3:23).
Lord, we come to you with a heavy heart because we see the brokenness of the world you called us to temporarily live in. Lord, it’s sometimes difficult to look past the temporary and see that you are faithful no matter what (2 Corinthians 4:18). On this day we pray for peace and for your love to be shown by your people. While we cannot expect someone who does not know Jesus to act like they do, we can expect someone who does know Jesus to act like it. So, Lord, for those who stand in pivotal positions at this time and know your love, may they show your love to all people. And for us who stand in everyday positions, may we also readily show your love.
Lord, before we are black, white, green or yellow we are your fully adopted sons and daughters (Ephesians 3:20) through our faith. Because you so love this broken world, you gave your one and only Son so that we may have life both now and forever (John 3:16). We know that in your family there is neither Jew nor Gentile, privileged or oppressed, male or female, for we are all ONE because of what Jesus has done for each of us (Galatians 3:28). Lord, we know the enemy is present, but we proclaim the truth that you have overcome the enemy and you have given us life and life to the fullest extent both now and forever (John 10:10).
Lord, as we stand in this hour, we confess our sin and shortcomings to you. We are not perfect and there have certainly been times that each one of us has either thought or acted in an unjust manner. So, Lord, we hold onto the truth spoken through your prophet Micah and understand that you call us to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with you (Micah 6:8). Lord, that is our prayer as you reign in our hearts now and forevermore. In the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray these things as we Follow Jesus Together.
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