March 16, 2021
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and members of the New England Conference Extended Cabinet 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.
O God of mercy and grace, You are eager to forgive our iniquities and restore to us the joy of your salvation. Knowing this, we come before you this morning with humble and repentant hearts. With a hope to see you once more in our midst, we confess. We fail to keep our baptismal covenant with you. We fail to resist evil and let go of our old selves. We are in a hurry to judge others from our limited perspective. We see people through our worldview shaped by our own bias, privilege, and pride. We distance ourselves from the needy of the world while growing more concerned for ourselves. We act out of our fear, aggression, and selfish ambition. O, Lord, help us to acknowledge the ego that takes over our hearts. And forgive us for our transgressions. In this Lenten season, O God, Change and sanctify our hearts with the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Help us to repent and overcome our aggressiveness and fear, As we seek to look beyond our own agenda and serve you Make us your humble servants. Grant us the courage to die to ourselves, and let us bear much fruit. Give us your eyes to see people with love, mercy, and compassion. Help us to be vessels to bring your healing today. Blessed are you, O Lord, May we shout out, “We see you, Jesus!” Restore to us the joy of being in union with you and with one another. May this prayer be acceptable to you. We pray in the name of the One who is the joy of our salvation. Amen. By Rev. Taesung Kang, Granite District Superintendent Inspiration: Psalm 51:1-12; John 12:20-33, Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs.