A Prayer to the Sovereign LORD

A paraphrase of Jeremiah’s prayer that could be used or adapted for public worship, or in family or personal devotions.

Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. You show love to thousands but bring punishment for the fathers’ sins into the laps of their children after them. O great and powerful God, whose name is the LORD Almighty, great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to all the ways of people; you reward everyone according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve. You performed miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt and have continued them to this day, both in Israel and among all humanity, and have gained the renown that is still yours. You brought your people Israel out of Egypt with signs and wonders, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror. You gave them the land you had sworn to their forefathers, a land flowing with milk and honey. They came in and took possession of it, but they did not obey you or follow your law; they did not do what you commanded them to do. So you brought disaster on them. We, too, are guilty of transgressing your law. We, too, are guilty of forgetting the signs and wonders that you have done, and your great work of salvation through Jesus Christ your Son. Although you have promised us the kingdom of heaven, we confess that we also have not obeyed you nor followed your law as we must. We confess these sins to you. Have mercy upon us, O LORD. Renew us and restore us. Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we might know your will and obey it. Open the hearts and mouths, minds and souls of all your people this day, that we all may hunger for all that you desire to give us in your Word and sacraments. Grant your ministers your Spirit and wisdom to impart the spiritual gifts and blessings of Christ and his Word, so that all who come may be nourished in their faith and strengthened for a life of service and fellowship with you and their neighbour. May this be true for us and all who worship you in Spirit and in truth.  Amen.

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