Be our refuge,
A bulwark against enemies and fear.
Hold us in your mighty arms.
Re-inspire us with you holy breath.
Re-encourage us with your pure love.
Remind us who we are:
Redeemed, beloved, treasured
Children of promise and purpose.
Friends of Jesus Christ himself.
Our world bristles with danger.
Calamity and death walk quiet streets.
The safe places are laid bare.
We have sought protection from kings
And their jesters.
Pundits, politicians, priests, and pastors,
Laws, appeals, posts, marches, and petitions
Offer no shield from the dangers from our own hands.
The strong flee, the wise flail, the people freeze.
Yet our bodies remain in peril,
Our souls wilt,
Our minds misfire,
Our questions unanswered.
But you, oh God,
Walked with Abraham, Moses, and David
Through war, doubt, and death.
You sheltered Hagar, Naomi, and Ruth
In the power of your embrace.
And nameless (to us not to you)
Are the scores of women and men
Through raging history,
Whose hands and hearts you have held,
Whose Banner and Savior
You have been.
Be Thou for us just now.
Forgive our wandering trust.
Gather us inside your gates,
A called people singing your name:
El Shaddai, Abba, Alpha & Omega,
El Roi, Yahweh Jireh,
Yahweh Shalom, Yahweh Rapha,
Yahweh Shammah, Immanuel,
Hear our song, capture our tears,
Bind up our cities, families, and hearts.
Other prayers for you to pray: Asking for Grace in an Unexpected Wait and A Sunday Psalm: God’s Mercies Are not Morning Bound
Names of God:
El Shaddai: God Almighty, Abba: Daddy, Alpha & Omega: Beginning and End,
El Roi: God Who Sees, Yahweh Jireh: God Who Provides,
Yahweh Shalom: God of Peace, Yahweh Rapha: God Who Heals
Yahweh Shammah: God Who Is There, Immanuel: God with Us.
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Amen,… hide us in your Holiness, Lord,… thank you,…