Prayer: Isaiah 9

Here’s a prayer of petition and commitment inspired by Isaiah 9: 2,4 from the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website.

(inspired by Isaiah 9:2,4)

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined....
For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian. Isaiah 9:2,4

O God, 
When the world grows dark
and the advance of evil appears unstoppable,
may we never lose our vision
of Emmanuel's light.

When society seems uncaring
and indifference predominates,
may we never forget the warmth
of Emmanuel's love.

When people cry out for justice
but self-interest prevails,
may we never lose the fire
of Emmanuel's anger.

When we know we must speak out
but our tongue seems to shrivel,
may we draw boldness from the truth
of Emmanuel's proclamations.
When those we must confront are powerful
and our hearts grow fearful,
may we take strength from the courage
of Emmanuel's actions.

O God,
When the moment comes
and we must make our stand,

may it always be
at Emmanuel's side.

~ posted on the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website.