As we pray, O God,
we ask you to keep us
from using prayer as an escape;
keep us from the temptation
of uttering a few words,
in the hope that you will swoop in
and do the rest
with no further requirement from us.
May our prayers be a constant, unending rhythm
that drives not just our words,
but our thoughts, our attitudes and our actions;
may we never stop seeking, asking, knocking,
pleading for justice,
wrestling with your coming reign.
As we pray for our world,
may we also live lightly on the earth,
taking only what we need,
and giving all we can.
As we pray for our nation,
may we also live as good neighbours,
protecting the weak and vulnerable,
and celebrating goodness and grace
wherever we may find it;
As we pray for our community,
may we also live with open arms and hearts,
embracing both familiar companions
and unknown strangers,
and welcoming all as you do.
As we pray for our friends and families,
may we also live as those who lay down their lives,
selflessly serving those in our care,
and always choosing the sacrificial way of love.
And so may our prayers be the catalyst,
that changes us into little incarnations –
who manifest Christ. Amen.
~ John van de Laar and posted on Sacredise.