I’ve never blogged a prayer before but I sometimes journal them. After following the UMC’s 40 Days of Prayer effort online and a heartfelt desire to respond in a productive way to the latest news involving Governor Mark Sanford I thought I’d try my first blogged prayer.
We come to you disappointed, confused, sad, angry, and speechless.
Through the tears of the Governor we are reminded of times in our own lives when we have disappointed, hurt, and admitted failure to you and others. We come to you as broken individuals that have sinned against you by what we have done and left undone.
Forgive us for mocking the sin of others.
Forgive us for rejoicing at others moral shortcomings.
Forgive us for constantly justifying sin in our lives and in the lives of others.
Forgive us for going about our daily routines and not loving as you love us.
We are uncapable of fully living the truths that we proclaim.
We are dependent on your grace.
Thank you for bestowing it upon us.
As the father whose love is never failing, pour out your extravagant love on the Sanford family in these difficult times. Remind Mark that nothing can separate him from your love and forgiveness. Lead him to sincere repentance. Give his family hope for a brighter future that is lit by your love, mercy, and kindness
As the author of relationships, comfort the staff and friends of the Sanfords. Provide friends, mentors, and spiritual leaders for all who are in need.
As the reconciler of the world, continue the work of restoring trust and relationships among all of us and with you.
And may the redemption we know through your son spread and conquer all selfishness,