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Weekly Prayer

Lord of Creation, and Lord of our lives,

 

When evil men gather and plot against you, you laugh and scoff at them. You rebuke them in anger and terrify them in your wrath. You came to earth, an earth where the nations will become your inheritance and the ends of the earth your possession. You will rule with an iron scepter and dash them to pieces like pottery [SEE-Psalm 2: 1-9]. We are told in Revelation 11: 18 that the kingdom of the world will become your kingdom and you will reign forever. In your kingdom, you will dwell with humans. We will be your people and you will be with us and be our God. You will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning, or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Your kingdom is a kingdom of righteousness. In your kingdom our hunger and thirst for you is satisfied.

 

Psalm 34: 9 says: “Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.” The world and its evil pursue us, seeking to devour us, attempting to convince us that in it we can be satisfied. When we pursue the world’s ways, we are not filled, but struggle with ever increasing emptiness. You are the One who hears prayer; when we are overwhelmed by sins, you are the One who can forgive our sins and fill us with good things [Psalm 65: 2-4]. When we hunger and thirst for righteousness, we are hungering and thirsting for things of you. It is in seeking you that we are satisfied.  As you responded when tempted in the desert [Matthew 4: 4], “It is written: ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Help us to feed on the living bread [John 6: 51].

 

You alone are able to rescue us from evil, from the hands of the wicked. You are our God. To you, O LORD, we cry for mercy. We know that you secure justice for the poor and uphold the cause of the needy. The righteous will praise your name and the upright will live forever before you [SEE: Psalm 140]. In you, we are able to hunger and thirst for righteousness and be filled. For yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. In Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN.

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