A prayer from the Baptist tradition:

Ever present One, who concerns Yourself with the well-being of us all; who unleashes good news to those societies have made poor; You who sent Your only Son as a tribute to Your incarnate love; Him whom scriptures said, “was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquity, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed;” Him, o God, who stared down death, spoke life, and promised those who waited on His return an abiding Comforter; to You, o God, we pray.

Free us today of the iniquity of inequity. Encourage us to move past lip-service toward true servanthood, in establishing Your Kingdom among us. Summon us to accomplish Your vision that leaves no man, woman, boy or girl to fend for theirselves, or to struggle alone unnecessarily with sickness, merely because we, the church, omitted our vows to be one with suffering. No longer allow us to be comfortable knowing our neighbors perish at the impotence of broken political systems that prefer dissolution to resolution, and philosophy more than humanity.

Remind us, o Lord, that we serve You most when we serve the least; that we see You first when we see the last; and that we were healed while we continued to hurt You with our indifference to one another. Today, God, whom our ancestors called a heart-fixer and a mind-regulator, we beseech You to convert some stone to flesh, some stubbornness to willingness, and all excuses for inability to affirmations of possibility within our leaders.

Do not let us rest until Your work is done, Your people are cared for, and all of us can be freed from the fear that unaddressed disease and disorder may shorten our days to live, serve, and love.

Give us Your word, wrap it inside Your promise, and subject Yourself to its accomplishment, so that again we will remember that You are with us, and that through You nothing is impossible, but failure.

In the name of Jesus Christ, who freely healed those He encountered, do we bind this prayer.

Amen.


Min. George E. Oliver
University Baptist Church
Austin