Oct 17, 2016

Prayer: Luke 18: 9-14

Here’s a prayer of thanksgiving and petition inspired by Luke 18: 9-14. It was written by Jan Sutch Pickard, and posted on the Christian Aid website.

Prayer: Honesty
(inspired by Luke 18: 9-14)

Listening, watchful God,
help us to be honest.

Oh but we are - not at all like those
who can't be trusted with money,
the shifty and the feckless:
we're good stewards and faithful servants.

Help us to be honest.

We are nothing like the fat-cats, the greedy few,
the 'haves' who care nothing for the 'have-nots':
we're eloquent in the language of sharing.

Help us to be honest.

Oh but we are - not like those who like to look good
and deceive even themselves -
who talk the talk, but...

Help us to be honest:
that sometimes our getting it right
gets in your way.

Help us to be honest about our failings,
how far we still have to go

Help us to pray without words, with tears instead.

And help us, honestly,
to love justice, to seek mercy,
and to walk humbly in your Way. Amen.

~ written by Jan Sutch Pickard, and posted on the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website. http://www.christianaid.org.uk/