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DAILY PRAYER FROM THE NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE

Today's Prayer

APRIL 20, 2024

 

Acts: 4:32-35

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them. For as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Gracious and merciful God,

thank you for your presence in our lives.

We praise you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is Lord of all.

As those who went before us, let us work towards the greater good of all.

You have made us equal in all things, let us treat each other as equals.

Wipe out prejudice and hate of any kind.

The testimony of those who went before us showed no needy people,

all were taken care of mutually by all Christians at that time.

Bring us to turn away from greed, unmerciful violence for self-gain

and to make us concerned for all humanity and not just our small piece of humanity.

Bring us to nourish the cold and hungry.

Bring us to have mercy, to love justice and to walk humbly with the Lord our God.

We lift to you the things that cause us pain as well as the things that bring us joy.

Let us be reminded always that, the “Joy in the Lord is my Strength.”

Bring us to share the joy of caring and sharing and pass it on to others.

In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Written by Little Flower, Lay Leader, Holbrook UMC, Holbrook, MA