O Holy God, you are merciful and compassionate, wise beyond our understanding. You daily grant mercy and joy to those who do not trust you, and special fullness of joy to your children.Why are we among the redeemed, why did you spark the flame of faith in us, and why are others still in darkness, unable or unwilling to trust Jesus and submit to the Holy Spirit? Prevent us from imagining that the special mercy and joy that you give your children is a result of our wisdom in submitting to you. Let the joys of your church be cause for humble thanksgiving, that your church may honor you with some return for the unmerited mercy you daily show us.
We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
O Lord, how good you are to us in freeing us from the futility of worldliness. We confess that we often forget the woes of those caught in the consequences of idolatry. Forgive us for our insensitivity to our suffering neighbors.Lord, have mercy on those neighbors, those in our homes and communities that are resistant to you, those who see you as the unjust father, never giving them what good they are owed, never knowing your kindness, never desiring your closeness but merely your goods, disgusted at the mercy you show every prodigal child. Have mercy on them, O Good Father! We were such as those not long ago! Open their eyes to your beautiful mercy, and fill them with divine life, as you so compassionately did with us. And so may a harvest of humble thanksgiving be reaped from the peoples that surround your church.
We pray this in the name of Jesus and for his glory. Amen.
Isaiah 12 Lent 4
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