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Prayer: Release from the modern yoke

“Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6

Open our eyes, Lord, to the modern yoke;
the burden of our consumer culture,
the debt that holds people fast,
the myth of success which has us by the throat.
You offer the possibility of release;
unloosing the shackles of greed,
freeing us from the urge to acquire at any cost,
relieving us from the treadmill of busyness.

We are your new releases,
telling a story for this generation.
Feeding the hungry we whisper peace,
clothing the naked we murmur hope,
sheltering the homeless we declare your faithfulness.

~ written by Carol Penner, on her Leading in Worship blog. Used by permission.

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