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Nightly Prayer – April 7, 2020

April 7, 2020

Lord, we come before you tonight aware of your mercy and grace. Knowing you have heard our prayers, understanding that you are at work though we cannot always see it, and believing in your promise to not forsake us, thank you. We thank you that you are a God who bends down, inclines your ear to hear us, and sends the Holy Spirit to nudge us when we get off track. Thank you.

Tonight, Lord, we pray not just for our city, state, and nation; we pray for our world. We give you thanks for the millions across this globe who are doing everything possible to get us to the other side. May we put aside any finger-pointing at this time, Lord, and instead move towards a recognition that we are all in this hard situation together. And a recognition that you promise to be with us.

Even in the midst of our daily struggles, our slip-ups, our frustrations, our sarcasm, our impatience, you do not leave us. We are never cast off from your love. Time and time again YOU are the one pursuing us. You are never far from us.

Yet our souls are troubled this night, Lord, for many different things. Lord, we lift up the following prayers and individuals to you tonight:

Insert prayer concerns here

Draw these prayer requests near to you, O Lord. May those who struggle to find their place in their world be granted assurance of your love. May those who are sick tonight be given a feeling of peace. Of comfort. May all in need, Lord, be ever mindful that you provide a strength and foundation that cannot be eclipsed.

We pray all of this in Jesus’ name. The one who gave it all. The one who taught us, his disciples, to pray, saying, Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Submitted by: Ed Black

Scripture references: Isaiah 49, Psalm 71, 1 Corinthians 1, John 12, all taken from the NRSV

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