Emmanuel heal us. We do not deserve your help, we’ve sinned against you, and against our neighbor. Lord, we know that we’ve never been great, but it is your light and your goodness and the presence of your grace in this world that have strengthened flawed and failing and selfish and evil people. Only your great grace can save now; we do not deserve your mercy, we do not deserve your grace, but Holy Spirit we need you now. Jesus, you said you came into this world to save sinners—save us, heal us, have mercy on us.
For those who knew George Floyd and loved him, we pray for their comfort and consolation; give them grace and hope and mercies. For cities around this nation, including the cities of Minneapolis, Brunswick, and Louisville, we pray for the judgment of justice and the mercy of repentance. For our own city, we pray for our city leaders and for all law enforcement. We pray that our nation would be a place that is safe for all its citizens.
We need your help as we face invisible evil all around us. Lord, the Coronavirus continues to take lives and the pandemic continues to wreak havoc in our normal world. Would you be merciful to us? In all this, would you revive your church and strengthen us in resurrection power and will you, Father, awaken lost people that they might be saved?
For the minority members of our church who are scared, angry, and weary, please remind them that you are carrying them and that we stand with them. Please make our church a place where we suffer and weep together. Use us as your hands and feet to love and care for the marginalized.
With heavy hearts we look to the ruling power of King Jesus and we long for his return when he will make all things new. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen