“Woe to me that I dwell in Meshech, that I live among the tents of Kedar! Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war.” (Psalms 120:5–7)
Too long have we lived as aliens in a foreign land, too long among people of lying lips and violent hearts. We long for the gates of the New Jerusalem, the shalom that you have prepared for us there.
May our hearts yearn for our homeland. May we never feel at home away while we live in Meshech and Kedar, as we wander the banks of the rivers of Babylon.
Heal our world. Bring peace to our nations. Let every knee bow and every tongue confess.
Come, Lord Jesus.
Lord of the nations,
May we today seek to serve and not to be served. May we be willing to surrender our rights and freedoms for the good of your Kingdom. May we always remember that the Lion of Judah turned out to be the Lamb that was slain.
May we seek goodness and truth, rather than power. May we respond to evil with good, to violence with love, to reproach with blessing.
Free us from the need to win, seeking only the victory that was won at Calvary.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
Father of compassion and God of all comfort,
Help me Lord, to show to others the mercy I’ve received from you. Help me to console as I have been consoled, to comfort as I have been comforted.
Let me not shy away from suffering, Lord, but use it to learn to better serve others in the midst of their suffering.
Grant me more compassion for others, Father.
In the name of He who suffered for me,
Lord Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,
You remember, O Lord, that we are dust; help me to do the same. You know, O Lord, that we were made little lower than the angels; help me to understand that. You see, O Lord, in every human the reflection of Your image; open my eyes to that truth.
Help me to love my enemies. Give me a heart for the hurting and the powerless. Help me to see the plight of the poor, the orphaned, the widowed, and the immigrant.
Remake me in the image of Your Son.
O God of Abraham,
May Your people be my people. May Your city be my homeland. May Your glory be the goal of my existence.
In Jesus’ name,