An Easter prayer

The pace of life has changed once again. The rhythms of our work are different – arguably for the better for some. We may worship in different settings, or in different ways, or even in different communities. In our prayer times, we may be pouring out our hearts, or we may be at a loss for words.

If you’re looking for words to guide you this week, consider these, based on Jesus’ own teachings on prayer in Matthew 6.

Our Father, which art in heaven

We are your children
We are yours
You are our God
In you alone we trust

Hallowed be thy name

Your name is holy
Your name is worthy of our adoration, trust, and reverence

We will call on your name:

  • Abba, our daddy
  • Jesus, our rescuer
  • Holy Spirit, our very breath
  • Jehovah, our Lord
  • Jehovah Jireh, our provider
  • Jehovah Rapha, our healer
  • Jehovah Nissi, our banner
  • Jehovah M’Kaddesh, our sanctifier
  • Jehovah Shalom, our peace

Thy kingdom come

Bend my heart toward yours
Let your kingdom be restored on earth
and cast away the kingdoms and idols of our hearts and institutions

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven

Not my will, but your perfect will
Let us not be altered by want or plenty, peace or war, good health or ill
but trust in you for all things
Life now, and in the resurrection

Give us this day our daily bread

Help us trust in your provision, not our plenty
Help us to share what we have with joy and an open hand
Let us trust in you for each day
and praise you with the rising and setting of the sun
Let us remember, and help, those who lack adequate income, housing, care, food, medicine, safety, contact, and love

Lord, for those without food, bring justice to supply their hunger
For those with food, bring a hunger to be more just*

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us

During this lenten season, may we reflect on your resurrection
And in preparation for our own
Let us focus on the importance of those we long to join us
Let us nurture relationships in need of healing, restoration, and revival
Give us the strength to repent of our sin

Let us consider the words of our hearts toward:

  • Those who have been hurt by churches and institutions
  • Pastors and ministry leaders, exhausted and fragile after years of significant challenge
  • Our family and those we love
  • Our colleagues and neighbors
  • Those in authority over us
  • Those in our global community
  • Those whose worldview we do not share

And lead us not into temptation

We know the evil one is real and seeks to rob, kill, and destroy
Help us draw closer to you during this time, that we may not:

  • Seek comfort in isolation
  • Allow bitterness to bury our laughter
  • Allow fear and anxiety to steal our joy
  • Turn on our neighbors, leaders, or global community

But deliver us from evil

Help us to meditate on Psalm 91
Singing, “The Lord is my refuge”
and help me dwell with you, Most High God

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

Thank you for the hope of our own resurrection
and all your promises fulfilled
in your kingdom come
Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God
For ever and ever

Shalom means, completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. (Strongs H7965)

* translation of a South American saying

Photo: Doorway to Heaven, Big Sur, California, Joshua Sortino, Unsplash

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