Forest Lake Talks

Nightly Prayer – April 8, 2020

April 8, 2020

Dear God,

You are our light and salvation. You are the stronghold of our lives. Of whom shall we be afraid? Though troubles rise up, we shall not fear because we live in the house of the Lord.

On this night, we gather as your people to pray. To pray for those are at peace. To pray for those who are anxious. To pray for those who had their fill. To pray for those who are hungry. And to pray for those who don’t know we’re praying for them. Lord, we give you thanks for hearing our prayers.

Lift up our heads, O Lord, to see the goodness of the days. In the uncertainty surrounding our world, remind us of those things that bring joy to our lives. The sunshine. The phone or Zoom call with a friend. A handwritten note sent or received.

And yet despite the good we strive to see, we acknowledge a busted world. A world full of finger pointing. Anger. Despair. Sickness. Bend down, O Lord, to comfort us. May we feel the Holy Spirit at work in our lives. Do not cast us away from your presence.

Lord, at this time, we lift up the following individuals/causes:

Insert prayer requests/concerns here

Create in us a clean heart, O God. Teach us your ways – the ways your servant, your Son, Jesus Christ, demonstrated each day. Jesus Christ, the one who gave the ultimate sacrifice for each of us, the one who taught us 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: Psalm 27, Psalm 51, both taken from the NRSV.

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