Heavenly Father, You owe us nothing. In fact, we acknowledge that we deserve far worse than the pandemic that has disrupted our world. We have corrupted Your creation, and we have rejected and killed our fellow humans for reasons no better than those that drove Cain to kill his brother. We are pride-filled people, obsessing over the specks in our brothers’ eyes while ignoring the logs in our own. We have abandoned our God-given role as stewards of the world in which You placed us. We refuse to love You with all of our heart and soul and mind and strength, and we fail to love our neighbors, however they look and wherever they live, as we love ourselves. We divide over the color of our skin, and we refuse to come to the aid of the oppressed. We fall short of Your glory.
We are sinners, and we richly deserve the judgment of a holy God. As such, we have no claim on You.
When You are good to us, it is not based on any virtue that You see in us. When You show mercy, it is simply because You are merciful. That is Your nature. You love the unlovable, You forgive the unforgivable, and You show grace to those who deserve Your wrath. Thank You for being that kind of God. We stand in awe of You.
Would you be good to us once again? Would you be kind to the work of Your hands? Would You bring a quick end to the suffering and the death and the isolation and the pain of our day? We humbly request Your restorative and healing intervention, not because we deserve it, because of who You are. Hear us, Father, and respond to our plea, for the sake of Your name.
Lord Jesus, thank You for not quarantining Yourself from the hot zone of our world. You were safer at home, but You came to us. You lived among us, You taught us, You healed us, and You loved us. You walked through a world of anger and hatred, of pain and misery, and You responded in ways that brought good to Your people and glory to Your Father.
As we await Your intervention, would You show us how to do what You did? Would You show us how to navigate a challenging path while bringing glory to our Father? Would you show us how to wear a mask without hiding behind it? We need You on our best days, and we need You on our hardest days.
Please re-create Yourself in us, Lord Jesus. Our suffering world needs more of You. May they find You in us.
We pray these things for the good of our world, and for the glory of its Creator,
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