Then I said: “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. – Nehemiah 1:5-6
Nehemiah’s concern about the vulnerable state of Jerusalem and the people of Israel led him to call out to God. He identified with God’s people, confessing their sin as well as his own family’s sin. His prayer reflects his sorrow and deep concern for God’s people and his deep trust in God. What concerns cause you to call out to God?
Almighty and Holy Lord, like Nehemiah, I come to You, trusting that You are “for” Your people. Hear my heartfelt prayer and lament and deliver us as I call out to You Lord God, Father, I pray that you keep your people safe. May we not get discouraged and give up but instead reach out in new ways to bring the good news to others in our communities. Lord Jesus, I pray for the many who are struggling during this virus. I pray for those who are controlled by addictions and the world around them. May we remain focused on the coming of Your Son and continue to prepare and love knowing You will return. In Jesus’ name, amen
Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006