August 12, 2022

Prayer in Troubled Times from The Church of England

God of love,
turn our hearts to your ways;
and give us peace.



Psalm 102

Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come before you; *

hide not your face from me in the day of my trouble.
Incline your ear to me; *

when I call, make haste to answer me,
For my days drift away like smoke, *

and my bones are hot as burning coals.
My heart is smitten like grass and withered, *

so that I forget to eat my bread.
Because of the voice of my groaning *

I am but skin and bones.
I have become like a vulture in the wilderness, *

like an owl among the ruins.
I lie awake and groan; *

I am like a sparrow, lonely on a house-top.
My enemies revile me all day long, *

and those who scoff at me have taken an oath against me.
For I have eaten ashes for bread *

and mingled my drink with weeping.
Because of your indignation and wrath *

you have lifted me up and thrown me away.
My days pass away like a shadow, *

and I wither like the grass.
But you, O Lord, endure for ever, *

and your Name from age to age.
You will arise and have compassion on Zion,
for it is time to have mercy upon her; *

indeed, the appointed time has come.
For your servants love her very rubble, *

and are moved to pity even for her dust.
The nations shall fear your Name, O Lord, *

and all the kings of the earth your glory.
For the Lord will build up Zion, *

and his glory will appear.
He will look with favor on the prayer of the homeless; *

he will not despise their plea.
Let this be written for a future generation, *

so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord.
For the Lord looked down from his holy place on high; *

from the heavens he beheld the earth;
That he might hear the groan of the captive *

and set free those condemned to die;
That they may declare in Zion the Name of the Lord, *

and his praise in Jerusalem;
When the peoples are gathered together, *

and the kingdoms also, to serve the Lord.
He has brought down my strength before my time; *

he has shortened the number of my days;
And I said, “O my God,
do not take me away in the midst of my days; *

your years endure throughout all generations.
In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, *

and the heavens are the work of your hands;
They shall perish, but you will endure;
they all shall wear out like a garment; *

as clothing you will change them,
and they shall be changed;
But you are always the same, *

and your years will never end.
The children of your servants shall continue, *

and their offspring shall stand fast in your sight.”

Image: “peace dove” by Cornelia Kopp is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

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