July 26, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, members of the Granite District of the New England Conference are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.
You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.
Psalm 119:129-136 Your decrees are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. With open mouth I pant, because I long for your commandments. Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your custom toward those who love your name. Keep my steps steady according to your promise, and never let iniquity have dominion over me. Redeem me from human oppression, that I may keep your precepts. Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes. My eyes shed streams of tears because your law is not kept. Loving God,
We give you thanks for your Word. Your Word was the source with which you formed all Creation. Your Word was the gift with which your people learned your heart. Your Word became flesh so that we might see you clearly and be redeemed as your beloved. That very same Word is being spoken to us today that we might know you and your love. Yet we confess that quite often it’s not your Word that we listen to but the many other voices that surround us. Rather than your Word that quenches our thirst, we turn to other streams that superficially satisfy but leave us wanting more. Still, you do not cease to pursue us in graciously giving us your Word like the many seeds tossed by the sower. Purify our hearts today that we might be good soil prepared to cling to you. Remind us by the presence of the Holy Spirit just how beautiful your Word is that we might bear the fruit of your likeness for a world that so desperately longs for you. In the name of the Living Word, Jesus, we pray, Amen.
Prayer by Rev. Dongmyung (David) Shim, Suncook UMC, Suncook, NH; Granite District