A Prayer For This Time & Place...

During our gathering this evening, we collectively spent time in lament, confession and prayer regarding the ongoing racism and dehumanizing postures and practices visible in events like this weekend's happenings in Charlottesville, VA [and beyond]. For such things are entirely anti-Christ and contrary to the kingdom of God that has come and is coming in Jesus, and are completely opposed to the gospel of reconciliation that we've received and are participants in - in the neighborhoods, networks and world that we've been planted in.

A KOMMUNITY PRAYER FOR THIS TIME AND PLACE
LEADER: Lord Jesus, your Kingdom is good news for a world caught in racial hostility. We ask that you would give us grace for the deep challenges facing our country.

KOMMUNITY: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

LEADER: Lord, we confess our anger, our deep sadness, and our collective sense of weakness to see this world healed through our own strength.

KOMMUNITY: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

LEADER: Lord, we honestly confess that our country has a long history of racial oppression, that racism has been a strategy of evil powers and principalities.

KOMMUNITY: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

LEADER: Lord, we confess that the gospel is good news for the oppressed and the oppressor. Both are raised up. Both are liberated, but in different ways. The oppressed are raised up from the harsh burden of inferiority. The oppressor from the destructive illusion of superiority.

KOMMUNITY: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

LEADER: Lord, we confess that the gospel is your power to form a new people not identified by dominance and superiority, but by unity in the Spirit.

KOMMUNITY: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

LEADER: Lord, we ask that you would help us name our part in this country’s story of racial oppression and hostility. Whether we have sinned against others by seeing them as inferior, or whether we have been silent in the face of evil. Forgive us of our sin.

KOMMUNITY: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

LEADER: Lord we pray for our enemies. For those who have allowed Satanic powers to work through them. Grant them deliverance through your mighty power.

KOMMUNITY: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

LEADER: Lord, we ask that you would form us to be us peacemakers. May we be people who speak the truth in love as we work for a reconciled world.

KOMMUNITY: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

LEADER: Lord we commit our lives to you, believing that you are working in the world in spite of destructive powers and principalities. Bring healing to those who are hurt, peace to those who are anxious, and love to those who are fearful. We wait for you, O Lord. Make haste to help us.

KOMMUNITY: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

[by Rich Villodas, posted at Missio Alliance]

Kaleo Church