Sunday, 24 July 2016

Big, Hairy, Audacious Prayer

Luke 11:2-4
Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

Lord, teach us to pray...
Teach us to pray with abandon,
not to limit our requests 
but to pray big
for the impossible.
Lord teach us to pray...
Teach us to pray with audacity
not avoiding the evil that stalks our world
but to pray into hatred and violence
for your kingdom to break out.
Lord, teach us to pray...
Teach us to pray with courage
Courage that names injustice,
calls it out, admits our complicity
and prays for lasting change.
Lord, teach us to pray...
Teach us to pray with conviction
that your will
is for love and compassion
to flow like a river
that the prayers of all whom you love
are heard and answered.
Lord teach us to pray...
Teach us to pray with abandon, with audacity, with courage and with conviction.
Lord, teach us to pray.

2 comments:

Angus Mathieson said...

Big and hairy..will leave it to others as to whether I'm audacious or not.

Angus Mathieson said...

Big and hairy..will leave it to others as to whether I'm audacious or not.

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