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Daily Prayer

Aug. 2, 2022

A daily prayer from the New England Conference

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.

Today's Prayer

Holy God,       

how easy it is to deflect the words of your prophets,        

choosing to believe they were intended only        for an ancient people in a far-off land.  Yet, the words disturb my conscience        

and compel me to question whether my own religiosity       

 reeks of convenient faith         

rather than sacrificial discipleship.   

If I have congratulated myself for             

my regular worship attendance,             

my generous offerings,             

my commendable conduct,        

 if I have masqueraded behind my piety,       

if I have worn sanctimony like a badge of honor,        

then convict me of my offensive pride.   

Grant me the introspection and the humility        to be honest with you        

and with myself.  Call me once again to      

 do good;       

seek justice;      

help the oppressed;      

defend the orphan;       

plead for the widow.  Enable me to be a willing and obedient disciple          

and to commit myself fully to a gospel that        comforts the afflicted        

and afflicts the comfortable.     

Rev. Arlene M. Tully, Many Waters District Superintendent Based on Isaiah 1:10-20 

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