Nov 4, 2012

Prayer: You Offer Us the Kingdom

Here’s a prayer from Christine Jerrett inspired by the hymn, O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing and Matthew 25:31-46.

Prayer: You Offer Us the Kingdom
(based on Matthew 25:31-46 and O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing)

We name you gracious Master and our God,
Great Redeemer and King.
You offer us the kingdom, Lord Jesus;
a realm where the hungry are fed,
the thirsty are given something to drink;
and the homeless are housed,

You offer us a realm where
those who are shivering are clothed,
the sick are visited,
those in prison hear good news.

We wonder how we are to receive such a gift:
Will you require of us more than what we are already doing?
Will you judge us for
what we have done and what we have left undone?
Will you leave us out of your community of salvation?

In your great love and mercy,
move us beyond fear;
move us beyond guilt;
move us beyond our anxious worry.
Move us deeper into your surprising grace;
Heal the blindness that does not see you
when you come to us in distressing disguise.

Set us free from serving lesser gods.

Most of all, form in us the mind of Christ,
so that we see the world through your eyes,
so that our hearts are broken by the things
that break your heart, and
so that we delight in the things that delight you,
and you create in us courage enough not to duck.

We ask in your life-giving name.

~ written by Christine Jerrett, and posted on Christine Jerrett: Reflections on being the Church in God's new creation.