Feb 22, 2016

Prayer: Psalm 63

Here’s a prayer of longing and petition, inspired by Psalm 63.  It was written by Christine Jerrett, and posted on Christine Jerrett: Reflections on being the Church in God’s new creation.  She wrote it to be used after singing “I will enter the gates…God has made me glad.”

Prayer: Rejoicing yet Thirsting
(inspired by Psalm 63)

We do rejoice in you, God our God

We rejoice in your steadfast love and faithfulness
– a rich feast for our souls.

We rejoice that you shelter us in the shadow of your wings
– strong protection against the storms.

We rejoice that you are more powerful than
the troubles that trouble us.

We rejoice that, when we wander far from You,
losing our way,
you do not leave us on our own.
You come to us in Jesus, your Word made flesh.
dwelling among us,
full of your grace and your truth.

O God who has drawn near, you know us as we are:
the songs of praise tell only part of the story.

We have wandered down many paths,
seeking happiness or glory,
we have trusted in lesser gods,
looking for safe haven from the dangers that threaten.

But the deep hungers are not satisfied;
the fears and anxieties still haunt us.
And now we know:
our souls thirst for you, the living God.

Show us your power and your glory.
Take our weariness
and send your Holy Spirit to renew our hope.

Take our fears
and grow new courage in us.

Take our resignation to the way things are
and pull us into your passionate love.

Lord Jesus,
you meet us in the wilderness of our days,
and fill us with the bread of life.
You meet us in the desert of our loneliness
and streams of living water start to flow.
We drink deeply of the gift of your presence,
and we rejoice,
for you have made us glad.  Amen.

~ written by Christine Jerrett, and posted on Christine Jerrett: Reflections on being the Church in God’s new creation. http://christinejerrett.wordpress.com/tag/prayer/