Jesus Christ boldly faced the wilderness,
its dangers and wonders.
He struggled with his mission
to make known God’s loving purposes for all people.
Guarded and guided by God’s Spirit,
he was triumphant and began to proclaim the Gospel,
and the hope that the reign of God would bring oppression to and end
and deliverance for those held captive.
your victory in the desert assures us
that as you followed the way of the cross
there were victories over evil in its many forms
until its powers were broken on the cross,
and you were raised triumphant forever.
Grant us vision and courage
that in our time we may recognize and struggle
with all oppressing and dehumanizing forces in the world,
and become signs of the in-breaking of the reign of God.
~ adapted from a prayer by Rev. Ron Gordon. Posted on http://pilgrimwr.unitingchurch.org.au /