Prayer for 18th December – God of our journeys …

Published on December 16, 2022

God of our journeys,
you called Abraham and Sarah to journey with you,
you led your people Israel to journey from slavery to freedom,
in Christ you journeyed from your heavenly throne
to take on flesh and dwell with your children.
You came as the Son of Man:
born in a crowded town, with no room at the inn,
living your vocation with nowhere to lay your head,
and being laid to rest in a borrowed tomb.

God with us:
we confess that our society does not always offer a welcome
to the last and the least,

for this we repent and ask forgiveness;
we acknowledge the work of your Spirit within us
empowering us to open our hearts, our homes, and our communities
to those who have come to us seeking sanctuary;
for this grace we give you thanks.

God of the nations,
we pray that you will continue to work in us:
that in the words of our lips
and the actions of our lives
we may faithfully do justice, love kindness and walk humbly before you.
We offer this and all our prayers in the name of Christ.