Today I led prayers at our gathering based on the readings offered in the Revised Common Lectionary.
We are doing something a bit different in our prayers today. I have taken a few verses from each of the readings in the lectionary for today and made a prayer from them. The focus is on our relationship with God, so the prayers are mainly intercessions for ourselves as individuals and as a gathering of believers.
Let us pray:
"I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
No longer will a man teach his neighbor,
or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,'
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,"
declares the LORD.
"For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more." Jeremiah 31:33-34 (NIV)
Lord, you have offered us forgiveness as we confess our sins. But still we hold
you at a distance. We do not have only your law on our hearts and minds. We are
busy with worldly things and those too occupy our minds and direct our attention
from you. Help us to recognise all our sin and confess it so that there are no
barriers between us and you, so you can fulfil your promise to be our God and we
commit to being your people. Undivided. Only for you. One God. One people wholly
and only committed to your law and with your way on our hearts and minds and
brimming over our lips so that we do not need to be taught your way. Your way
becomes our very nature.
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer