Prayer about Cities

Here’s a prayer about cities from Michael Saward. 


“And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem,
coming down from God out of heaven….” Revelation 21:2

Architect and builder of the heavenly city yet to come,
look in judgment on the cities of the world,
where greed forces many to live in squalor and filth;
where indifference condemns many to live alone and unwanted;
where lust tempts many to use others callously,
thoughtlessly and heartlessly;
where hate drives many to crowd together for protection
because their skin, their race or their belief
is unpopular or unwanted.
Look in mercy on those who suffer at the hands of their fellows,
and teach us all that in Christ we can find the power to live
generously, compassionately and lovingly,
that cities of the world may become true reflections
of the city of God;
for Jesus' sake.  Amen.

~ written by Michael Saward, and posted on Jubilate Hymns.