Oct 8, 2012

Prayer: Have Mercy Upon Us


Here’s an opening prayer (or prayer of response) based on Mark 10:46-52.  It was written by Rev. Dr. Safiyah Fosua.

 

Prayer: Have Mercy Upon Us

(based on Mark 10:46-52)

 

Jesus Christ, Son of David, have mercy upon us! 

 

So many days, we are like the blind beggar in Mark's gospel,

sitting on the side of the road hoping to hear the sounds of your coming.

We are like the Canaanite woman begging for the crumbs that fall from your table.

We are like the woman who was sick for so many years

who reached out to touch the hem of your garment.

Jesus Christ, Son of David, have mercy upon us!

 

Have mercy upon us when we cannot see how we will make it,

Have mercy upon us when we are sick and cannot get well,

Have mercy upon us when life hardens our hearts

and makes it difficult for us to love, to heal or to forgive,

Have mercy upon us when persecution comes and when we are misunderstood.

Jesus Christ, Son of David,

we come this morning asking for strength to get to the other side,

and grace to represent you well.

 

We come, confident that your promise to be with us always is true,

confident that you are greater than the trials we face,

confident that we are secure in the palm of your hands.

We come to you today,

like blind Bartimaeus who sat on the side of the road to Jericho,

knowing that you love us and have not forgotten our needs.

Jesus Christ, Son of David, have mercy upon us,
And grant us your peace. Amen.

 

~ written by Rev. Dr. Safiyah Fosua, from 21st Century Worship Resources for
the Twenty-First Sunday Sunday after Pentecost, Year B, Copyright 2009 General Board of Discipleship. All Rights Reserved. Posted on the
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren website. http://rockhay.tripod.com/