Pastoral Prayer: Ezekiel 37: 1-14

Here’s a pastoral prayer from the I’m Just Saying blog.

Pastoral Prayer
(inspired by Ezekiel 37: 1-14)

Gracious God,
God of all compassion and consolation,
your breath alone brings life to dry bones and weary souls. 
Pour out your Spirit upon us,
that we may face despair and death with the hope of resurrection
and faith through Christ, our Lord. 
Help us to dance with the spirit,
the breath of life, which calls us out of the valley of dry bones
and into the Kingdom of God,
both a present reality and the grounding of our future hope.

Holy Father,
Father of Christ who revealed the way of life,
inscribe your law on our hearts that in this life,
we may be the body of Christ. 
Help our hands to hold the sick and suffering. 
Help our feet to walk with the poor. 
Help our ears to listen to those who live in despair. 
May our eyes be affixed upon the suffering of the cross
and the hope of the empty tomb
so that we may live as resurrection people.

Sovereign Lord,
Father of all in the power of the Spirit,
you know our faults and yet you promise to forgive. 
Keep us in your presence and give us your wisdom. 
Open our hearts to gladness,
call dry bones to dance,
and restore to us the joy of your salvation. 
We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever, as we continue to pray saying,
Our Father, who art in heaven….

~ posted on I’m Just Saying.