I called to You in my distress, O Lord, and You answered me. Out of the belly of Sheol I cried for help, and You heard my voice.
Prayer of the Bible
Part Your heavens, Lord, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke. Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy; shoot your arrows and rout them. Reach down Your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, I will sing a new song to You, my God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to You, to the One who gives victory to kings, who delivers his servant.
-Psalm 144: 5-10
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Has the Lord ever ignored anyone who prayed to him? The Lord is kind and merciful; he forgives our sins and keeps us safe in time of trouble.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
-John 16: 31-33
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
“O holy Lord Christ draw near to us, or we cannot follow You. Give us a strong and willing spirit, and when the weakness of the flesh appears, let Your grace go on before us, accompany and follow us. For without You we can do nothing, least of all suffer a cruel death for Your sake. Grant a willing spirit, a fearless heart, true faith, steadfast hope, perfect love, that for Your sake we may, with patience and joy, surrender our life. Amen.”
-Jan Hus, (1369-1415) penned two weeks before being burned at the stake