Lord, Have Mercy- Look, See, Pray

Time to pray… there’s gloom in the air and an atmosphere of desperation over Westminster. It is hard to have confidence in the current state of politics and the actions of many prominent politicians have been shameful. People of faith need to cry out to God for mercy; we are to pray on behalf of those who won’t or can’t pray themselves. Here are familiar verses from Matthew 6 to guide our prayer.

Pray like this:

Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.

Jesus applied his words to the challenge of living the prayer, not just repeating a formula.

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

No political party is perfect; no politician is perfect. Neither are we- and this is why we call for mercy. It is a request for God to show grace- if He were to give us what we DESERVE, we would be beyond hope. Because of His love revealed through Christ, there is hope: and a Kingdom of Peace and Justice which IS coming into being even in desperate days. May grace and peace be with you.

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