Prayer: Revelation 21: 1-6

Here’s a prayer of petition inspired by Revelation 21: 1-6.  It was written by Michael Saward.

Prayer of Petition
(inspired by Revelation 21: 1-6)

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.  Posted on The Jubilate Group website.