A Pastoral Prayer from Sunday

Precious Lord,

The Psalmist said, you have given us an open ear to hear our words. You are listening to us now.  You hear our cries.  You hear our joys.  You hear our trust in you.  If we could have the heart and mind of Paul and Timothy, we can pray without ceasing, asking that our hearts and minds be filled with knowledge and understanding, without hesitation or attitude.

Lord, You are listening to us now.  What are we saying?  There are burdens in our heart for the times of trouble that we are afraid to share.  There are angry words in our minds for those that have done us wrong.  There are feelings of fear for the moment when you find us in shame, for the wrong we have done to someone else.  There are tears of sorrow for those that are grieving.  There are struggles of pain for those that are healing.  There are hearts no longer dancing for the joy has gone away.

Lord, You are listening now as there are those coming out of the floods in Pakistan and China, fighting for every moment of their lives.  You hear the voices of those breaking through the rubble of war.  You hear the cheers for those that have returned home from Iraq.  You hear the words of those determined to make it through rehab and recovery.  You hear the courage in all of these voices asking for strength in the next steps of their journey.

Lord, you have also heard the words of those who shared their journey with us: those who dedicated their time and heart to tell us and remind themselves, of all that You have done for them, through the challenges, struggles, and triumphs.  Thank You for their courage and the lessons learned by their words and spirit.

God of mercy and grace, as we are reminded about the story of the Good Samaritan, I pray that when we resemble the Levite or the Priest, that we ask for forgiveness.  I pray that when we resemble the Samaritan, may we continue to honor you in each humbled step we take.  I pray that when we resemble the beaten soul laying in the ditch, may someone come and reach out to us soon.

So who are we today?  Which person have we become?  In this time of silence, let us come to you now, searching, hoping, and confessing all that is in our heart – asking for whatever we need to strengthen our hearts as we reach out to you in our silent confessions.

Thank you for your grace, as you listen to us every moment of the day, even in our silence. Continue to listen to us now, as we pray the prayer we heard so long ago…

Our father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done.
On earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our debts
As we have forgiven our debtors;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
And the power,
And the glory,
Forever.

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