December 18 Prayer
“The days are coming when the Lord will raise up a righteous branch for Judah, a king who will rule wisely and with justice.
His name is ‘The lord of justice and a righteous king.’
No longer will the people be exiled but they will be brought back to live in their own land.’ Jer.23:5-8
A king is coming, we hear foretold.
Not a ruler that will banish us but a ruler that will bring us home.
Every breath inhaled and exhaled,
The beating of your heart,
The movements of the thoughts in your mind
Is all a flow of God creating you.
What are you created for and for whom?
Let your soul come home to the space that is your very own land.
The one that was prepared for you to live and move and have your being in.
It is a land that is ruled by a righteous king.
A merciful force of love.
Seeking out what is good in you to create a space for his grace to grow.
And as it grows you become like him.
Someone who sees with eyes of justice and works for what is right and true and beautiful to create in the world.
Surrender now all of your wandering thoughts of failings and the sin of missing the mark of love.
Surrender to your king and ruler who has called you home.
Raise your heart and hands to pray,
‘O merciful king and Lord of all.
Forgive us for missing the mark.
We so desperately need your grace to live
your righteous and just way on earth.
Lead us to our very own land marked out for us.
We turn everything back over to you and
trust in your kingdom being created. ~
‘Lord through all generations You have been our home!
Before the mountains were born,
Before you gave birth to the earth and the world,
From beginning to the end,
You are God.
Satisfy us each morning
With your unfailing love,
So we may sing for joy
To the end of our lives.
Let the favor of the Lord be upon us;
Establish for us the work of our hands-‘. Ps.90:1,14,17
May we join with the angels this Christmas to sing;
‘Glory to the newborn king.’
Emmanuel, God with us.
Be birthed anew today!
Come, Lord Jesus.