God. Abba. Father.

The evil say, “God is dead. He is no more.” It seems that some days, that is the only message we hear. We join with you, Lord, is saying that those people are fools.

You look down from heaven, you are searching all the earth for any who will seek after you. It seems that there are none, and it breaks our hearts. We join with the psalmist in asking, “When will the evildoers learn?” Our friends and family have been devoured by the evil one. “Lord!” we cry. Spoil the plans of those who plot wrong-doing. May their false activities frustrate them.

Lord, thank you for being on the side of the poor, both those who are physically poor and poor in spirit. You give us hopes and dreams. You are the refuge we seek. You, Lord, are the only one who can save us. You are the only one who will save Israel. We pray for your people. Restore those who have turned their backs on you.

One day, your children will be glad. There will be peace. There will be joy. We will celebrate and sing when Salvation comes, when you Son Jesus, comes again! May it be soon!

We pray with hope, in Jesus’ name.