Apr 10, 2013

Prayer: You Break In

Here’s a prayer of adoration and confession from Roddy Hamilton, Minister of New Kilpatrick Church. It was inspired by Saul’s encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.

Prayer of Adoration and Confession
(inspired by Acts 9: 1-6)

You break in, O God,
on the road
you break in, O God,
exactly the way we do not believe
you break in, O God,
and change everything

Why are your stories never mundane
Why can you not just leave us alone
and go and transform somewhere else
that is not as certain and sure of you
You just disrupt us and cause anxiety
We are not people of change

You break in, O God
with a call
you break in, O God
with an invitation
you break in, O God
with the truth

Why do you wait for us to respond
and never give up?
Why do you speak into our souls
the truth of how we live?
Why do you keep goading us, provoking us
disturbing us with the truth?

You break in, O God
with a new realm
You break in, O God
with a new world
You break in, O God
with your intent for the future

You always are a challenge to us
and we dream of that realm of yours we speak of so often
but what disturbs us most is how you want to get there
through us, your partners and companions,
with space enough for everyone
even those who persecute you
by doing nothing

God, break in again
and call us to be your workers
God, break in again
and use the gifts we are to build your realm
God, break in again
and change our world once more.
So be it
Amen

~ written by Rev. Roddy Hamilton, Minister of New Kilpatrick Church.  Posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website.  http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/worship/starters_for_sunday/