Faith Lift: May We Live in Such a Way

This prayer is one that I submit as a follow up to my last Sunday’s sermon

Lord, teach us the difference between being happy and experiencing joy.  Adjust our attitudes to realize we have nothing without you in our lives, and that we are blessed when we’re on top of the world and when we’re down in the dumps because you are with us in both places and everywhere in between.  Teach us to work for peace among our brothers and sisters and our neighbor nations. Teach us to accept the fact that when we do that we will be persecuted for it, as were you even to the point of death on a cross for our sakes.  Adjust our attitudes to seek first your kingdom and your righteousness. 

May we live in such a way that others will see that God’s people really are poor in spirit because we’ve learned to trust in God and not in our own wisdom or power.

May we live in such a way that others will see that we can feel the empty places in our lives and can let others know when we are hurting and share the grief of others without embarrassment. 

May we live in such a way that others will see that we have come to the place where we don’t have to be the strong one all the time and we can be tender and gentle with others and have given control of our lives to God and don’t have to “win” all the time.

May we live in such a way that others will see that God’s people do hunger and thirst after righteousness because they, too, dream of a day when God’s justice will prevail for all people everywhere.

May we live in such a way that others will see in the way we live that God’s people are merciful because we have received God’s mercy and know how wonderful that is. 

May we live in such a way that others will see that we have come to the place where we can be completely open and honest with God and others.

May we live in such a way that others will see that God’s people are peacemakers because we do more than Pass the Peace on Sunday mornings but we Make the Peace in our world because we have received the peace of God in our hearts. 

May we live in such a way that others will see that we have come to the place where we know what we are living for and are not afraid to suffer for it and are willing to “take the heat” and stand alone for what its right. Lord help us to live in such a way because we have had a change of heart.

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