Prayers of Invocation on Redemption
Adapted from Psalm 19:14 NRSV
Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts
be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen.
Out of the depths I cry to you, oh Lord;
O Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
If you, oh Lord, kept a record of sins,
Oh Lord, who could stand.
But with you there is forgiveness;
therefore you are feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in his word I put my hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than watchmen wait for the morning.
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, love
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
Inspired by John 6:56-69
Father God, you have provided us with bread from heaven through your incarnate Son; He is all that we need for spiritual revival and restoration. We, though, have taken offense at his invitation to abide in him through his body and blood offered on our behalf. It is too primitive, too bloody, too gory, too bodily for us to accept. Many of us have walked away from the cross because it is contrary to our understanding of justice, mercy, and grace. We would rather have a cleaned up and crowned up version of redemption that does not require us to trust in the messiness and humiliation of a crucifixion and the communal offering of a Savior broken for our sake. Forgive us for our temptation to walk away from the sacrificial offering of your Son on our behalf. Amen.
O Lord our God,
grant us grace to desire you with our whole heart,
that so desiring we may seek and find you;
and so finding you we may love you;
and loving you we may hate those sins
from which you have redeemed us;
for the sake of Jesus Christ.