JESUS FULFILLS THE LAW BY EMBODYING IT IN HIS OWN LIFE

Pastoral Prayer for September 4, 2022

Please allow the words of this prayer to become your own.

Loving God,

You’ve promised the gift of understanding.

Yet I am so often blind to your presence, your will, and your ways.

Teach me to see you and live.

I cry out today for help to see beyond my limitations.

Teach me to seek understanding as if it were a buried treasure

that’s waiting and available to me if I keep digging, keep asking.

Show me your presence, your will, and your ways –

in the Scriptures, in my ordinary day,

in the reaching fingers of a newborn, in the beauty of faith.

Hear my cry for insight.

Yesterday I prayed to have more compassion,

but today I need to ask all over again.

Judgment comes easily for me.

Resentment sticks to me like an old habit.

But compassion and forgiveness are slow to occur to me.

Sometimes I forget you said, “Forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors,” and “Blessed are the merciful,

for they will receive mercy.”

Teach me your whole truth.

I so desperately need your compassion, Lord!And remake me as an angel of mercy

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