This prayer was shared during the Taizé Prayer service on Thursday, November 10, 2016. It is reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, © 2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources. I hope that this prayer may be helpful as we face the days and months ahead.
As we listen to the world’s concerns, hear the cry of the oppressed, and come to terms with recent elections, give us knowledge, teach us to respond with maturity, and give us courage to act with integrity. As people living in the United States, we acknowledge the Spirit’s work in human government for the welfare of the people, for justice among the poor, for mercy toward the prisoner, against inhuman oppression of humanity. Help us to obey you above all rulers; fill us with the patience of Christ as we wait upon the Spirit.
We pray for the fruit of the Spirit of Christ who works for peace on earth, commands us to love our enemies, and calls for patience among the nations. We give thanks for your work among governments, seeking to resolve disputes by means other than war, placing human kindness above national pride, replacing the curse of war with international self-control. We hear the Spirit’s call to love one another, opposing discrimination, inviting us to accept one another, and to share at every level in work and play, in church and state, in marriage and family, and so fulfill the love of Christ. Enable us to accept the call and be agents of renewal and reconciliation in the world, through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.