Today begins the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year is actually the centenary of the week of prayer which began in 1908. To learn more about it, see the BBC article here. The theme verse for this year is, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5.17). As I did last year, I’ll be posting my own prayer for each day, focusing on a succession of themes: repentance, justice, forgiveness, community, discipleship, worship, mission and love. Join with me.
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we Your people come to You with heavy hearts, cracking under the weight of Your fractured and broken body. Instead of we, the broken, being borne along by You, the Crucified, we have so sinfully attempted each to bear You, the resurrected King, on our own backs. We are those who have been crushed by the rock that falls, the cornerstone.
We come to You as the prodigal son, having wasted our inheritance in the lavish promotion of our own destruction. We do not deserve to be received back into Your home, but will work the fields as Your mere servants. And yet, how You welcome us! Father of all compassion, receive our groans of repentance, that we all may go to Your vineyard together, with one heart and one mind, to gather anew the sheaves of the harvest.
This we ask through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns together with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.