September 21 Prayer
What does it mean to encounter mercy?
For Matthew it was being called to follow Jesus,
when not one of his brother’s accepted him.
For he was despised as a bad boy.
Yet somehow he knew he needed a healer.
He knew that he was the one that needed mercy.
Pause here to look into your own heart...
Where do you feel lesser than, not enough,
or too much to handle?
Where does your humanness get in the way of
revealing the divine presence of Jesus?
Here is where I need mercy, everyday when my heart
is triggered and I fall so short of love.
Falling short of a kind response instead I become a critic.
So in my own not enoughness I need mercy!
In my own humanness I need to encounter divine mercy.
Sweet Jesus, Son of God,
Lord of mercy, have mercy on me.
I accept your grace now.
May I know and encounter your mercy in my humanness.
For there is Your heart known
in my own heart.
I accept your love for me now where
I hurt and where I am in need.
Have mercy on us Lord,
Heal our hearts so we may know love and be a givers of mercy,
a reconciler and a peacemaker in our world.
May we be so filled with your love in our hearts
that your divine mercy is displayed in our own humanity.
Thank you Jesus for calling us your own.
May we live up to this calling by following
every prompting of your spirit today.
At the end of the day may we see where you called us
And where we followed.
And in our shortcomings let us receive mercy to
start another day in grace.
May we each encounter mercy this day
in such a way that we are no longer the same.
“Oh that we might know the Lord!
Let us press on to know him.
He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of the dawn.”
Matt.9:9-13, Eph.4:1-7, Hosea 6:3