Sunday, February 01, 2015

Show Your Power - A Prayer for Epiphany 4

Based on Psalm 111 and Mark 1:21-28...

O God, we aren’t always able to see what you see.

We’re not always able to pick up on the bad spirits that influence us: the systems we enjoy, the injustice to which we turn a blind eye, the advantages we exploit, the prejudice we hold. When we consider that you do see these things, we feel the sting of shame and are slow to confess. You call us to new sight: to see these spirits for what they are, and we seek the power and courage to call them out.

We’re not always able to see the good, either: the joy of new life, the refreshment of sacrament, the opportunities to serve, the gifts we’re able to share. When we consider that you do see these things, we are renewed by their potential and are eager to point them out to one another. You call us to new sight: to see these gifts and blessings for what they are, and we seek the peace and resurrection that they bring to our world.

We wish to see what you see, both the need for healing and the blessing of hope, as we lift our prayers to you… (prayers of intercession)

Faithful God, show your power to us yet again, as you did through Jesus. Call out our shortcomings, and renew our spirits for service in a world that needs new eyes. Amen.

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