Aug 12, 2018

Prayer Litany: Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Here’s a prayer litany on prayer written by Chuck Fromm and Jeremy Armstrong. It would be especially suitable at the start of worship.

Prayer Litany
(inspired by Matthew 6:5-14, Luke 11:1-13)

Lord, teach us to pray.
So we might awaken to the wonder of your presence
So we might feel gratitude for your gift of life today
So we might discover your kingdom
as revealed in our sisters and brothers
So we might find safety beneath the shelter of your wings

So we might declare your glory as we gather together:
Lord, teach us to pray

So we might forgive those who have wronged us
So we might lead free from pretense and hypocrisy
So we might trust your perfect plans
and not replace them with our own
So we might love you with our whole hearts,
and love our neighbors as ourselves

So we might declare your glory as we gather together:
Lord, teach us to pray

So diverse hearts might harmonize as many voices become one
So our bodies might praise you in bowed heads and raised hands
So a spirit of criticism is replaced with an offering of sacrifice
So we consider others more important than ourselves

So we might declare your glory as we gather together:
Lord, teach us to pray

So the truth of your Word resonates in what we say and sing
So we might prepare a way through the wilderness of chaos and pain
So our eyes are alert and our souls awake to your movement in our midst
So our good work is fruitful in the reign of your kingdom

So we might declare your glory as we gather together:
Lord, teach us to pray

So our voices bring a pleasing sound to your ear
So the notes of our instruments rise sweetly to your throne
So our singing is a light in the darkness, drawing nations to your grace
So our songs vibrate with the voice of the Lamb who was slain

So we might declare your glory as we gather together:
Lord, teach us to pray

So the lonely and hopeless find comfort in your abundant presence
So those in war and famine find the everlasting peace of your Spirit
So we are not indifferent to the suffering of the world around us
So our songs help to make us look more like you

So we might declare your glory as we gather together:
Lord, teach us to pray

~ “Lord Teach Us to Pray: Responsive Reading,” by Chuck Fromm and Jeremy Armstrong, as found in “Lord Teach Us To Pray,” Worship Leader Magazine (September-October 2015). Posted on Preach the Story. https://preachthestory.com/