October 31, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, the Preachers' Aid Society is 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.
Inspired by Matthew 5:1-7
Dear Precious Lord Jesus:
We thank you for the promises of beatitude as we face the world-wide pandemic that causes much turmoil and suffering.
Comfort us when we mourn for many losses in life due to personal injury, broken relationships, disappointment, and despair in the broken, hostile world. With your power and encouragement may we become better, not bitter persons.
We thank you for the new life in Christ and the righteousness in the power of the Spirit who dwells in us. We thank you that our present troubles and human sufferings are overcome by the way of the beatitude. When we are the poor in spirit; grant us the blessing of your tender mercy; When we mourn with those who mourn, grant us the blessing of comfort in our deep grief. When we are meek with self-emptying humility, grant us the blessing of earthly inheritance.
When we hunger and thirst for righteousness, grant us the blessing of divine protection.
When we are merciful to others, grant us your tender mercy.
Thank you for your promises of the righteousness in the Spirit and the new life in Christ.
Empower us to seek the spiritual growth with sincere faith, resilient hope, and congruent love.
Lord, strengthen our hearts with empathy, courage, and kindness to embark on this blessed journey toward the heavenly home. Thank you for your promises of the righteousness in the Spirit and the new life in Christ. May our hearts be filled with gratitude and joy for your provision, protection, and guidance along the way.
We thank you for your offering the blissful highway that leads the committed disciples to the eternal
hope of the union with God. We pray in the precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Benediction: May justice, compassion, and righteousness flow from your lives like living water from a stream. May the truth, the goodness, the beauty in you gushing out from the wellspring of your heart. May the source of all life give you the strength to live boldly, fully, freely. And pour yourselves out for the sake of others, just as Christ has poured himself out for you. Go, now, knowing that you are filled with the living water of your precious Savior. Amen.
Written Rev. Dr. Ha-Kyung Cho-Kim, a retired minister currently serving as Director of Adult Formation at Sudbury UMC.