Prayer for September 17-23, 2017
Sermon Text: Exodus 14:19-31
That we may be agents of the liberating mercy we have received from You
Liberating God, we rejoice that You are always at work among us. We rejoice that You hear the cry of the oppressed and that You act to counter the powerful forces that control and diminish them and fill their lives with hardship and misery.
You give hope. You topple unjust powers. You act for liberation. You create new structures that generate equity. You replace cries of agony with hymns of praise.
We rejoice that You also hear the cries of those who are bound by addiction and sin, those who do not know how to extricate themselves from habits that they find burdensome and limiting.
In your mercy, You offer forgiveness. By your Spirit, you bring transformation that liberates for faithfulness, compassion, and delight.
Enable us to live into the life of freedom and fruitfulness that You have created for us. At the same time, enable us to be agents of your liberation for those who suffer injustice and those who are clutched in the talons of sin and addiction. May we walk beside them, suffer with them, and lead them into your Presence. Amen.