August 4 Prayer
Peace will come when we cry out for mercy.
When we first allow the very breath of God
To fill our lungs,
His peace to come into the depth of our prison of fears.
Healing our wounds,
Exposing the lies of what and
how we think about others.
Jesus so true, so bold, so strong,
So tender to see what we need.
As the woman cries out for mercy she receives more than crumbs.
She receives the grace of God to reveal his mercy to her.
She receives acceptance as he rewards her faith
and humility to cry out to him for help.
Jesus exposes the false labels upon divided groups of people.
Pause with a breath surrendering to mercy and pray;
‘Jesus we receive your shalom to make us whole and
complete as we confess our fears about others.
Our fears and judgments about ourselves.
We lay down our prejudices and thoughts about ‘those people’
to see all people as your beloved children crying out for mercy.
Lord have mercy on us!
Fill us with your peace so we may become blessed!
Making what is broken mended between us.
We let you heal the great divide between us,
Through letting your light of truth and mercy break in.
Fill us again with your peace today by cleansing and
renewing our minds and hearts we pray.
We carry your presence of peace in our thoughts and in our spoken words.
May the joy of your living presence go before us.
Matt.15:21-28, John 20:19-23