Our Father in heaven, we come before You today profoundly aware of our utter dependence on You. We grieve that Your name is not honored, that Your will is not done, and we long to see Your kingdom come in power and glory.
Father, today we pray, ‘deliver us from evil.’ Our world is in turmoil. Deliver us from hate. Deliver us from violence. Deliver us from sickness. In our polarized society, raise up people of reason, wisdom, and goodwill. We sometimes fear that what we experience may be an outpouring of Your wrath, that You may be giving us up to sins we have persisted in choosing. O Lord, do not give us up. In wrath, remember mercy, we pray.
And lead us not into temptation. The roots of sin lie deep within us, so we ask that You will help us to watch and pray. Help us to watch our lives, and when the inclination to sin rises within us, help us, by Your grace, to deal with it early and decisively. We need Your Holy Spirit to do this, so help us we pray.
Father, we thank You that You are the God of all grace. Our hope is in You. In Your common grace, restrain the worst and promote the best in our community, our nation, and in our world. Where we are tested, give us special grace that we may be able to carry the load. Where we have failed, restore us, O Lord, we pray. You are our light, so help us to turn again, and to rise up.
Save people today, dear Lord, by Your grace and through Your Word. And hasten the day when our faith will be turned to sight. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
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