Pastoral Prayer for August 14, 2022
In your mercy, Lord, remember those who are desperate,
exhausted, beaten down, and forgotten.
Remember those who are unfairly imprisoned.
Remember those who have limited opportunities,
who see no chance to make things better.
Remember those born into failed families, neighborhoods, nations.
Inspire all Americans to do everything in our power to keep us from becoming
a failed nation ourselves.
Remember those growing up in broken circumstances of all kinds.
Remember those whose lives are torn apart by war –
especially those in Ukraine experiencing firsthand
Remember those whose lives are torn apart by racism,
or unfair laws that prevent them from building a life
for themselves and their families.
In your sight, as you have told us in Scripture, they are
my mother and father, my sister and brother, and I am their keeper.
You have called them blessed.
Help them to hear your surprising word today.
Provide for their deepest hungers.