Lenten Prayer

I downloaded an lenten devotional to my phone.  It is full of prayers and scriptures for every day of lent.  It has been such a great practice for me.  Today’s prayer was especially truth-filled and apt.  I’ve prayed it several times already today and wanted to share it with you:

“Lord, you have told us to love our enemies and to pray for our persecutors, as Christ prayed for his tormentors from the cross.  And so we dare to pray:

Lord, have mercy.

Give peace to those who have destroyed our peace…

Grant love to those who have refused us love…

Protect from injury those who have done us injury…

Grant success to those who have competed with us to our loss…

Give prosperity to those who have taken what was ours….

You know, O Lord, how hard we find it to forgive those who have offended us.  Yet you ask us to forgive without restrictions.  Make us capable, Lord, of the love you ask of us, for alone we cannot do what you have asked.  Help us through Christ our Lord.  Amen.”

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2 thoughts on “Lenten Prayer

  1. Inlove that prayer. Reminds me of bonhoeffer’s commentary on “the enemy” in The Cost of Discipleship. I never see this kind of graciousness but long to extend it. In the face of real war, hating those who have stolen our peace is much easier. (I think particularly of the palestinians and family in Lebanon always fearing war)

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