Prayer of the week: “Lord, have mercy”

Sometimes the only prayer I can offer is, “Lord, have mercy.”

This prayer is deceptively simple–or, seemingly simplistic–but actually it is a profound prayer.  “Lord, have mercy” is a plea for God to intervene in the consequences of unwise or even destructive choices I’ve made.

Sometimes “Lord, have mercy” is the only prayer I can offer on behalf of someone who is deep in pain–soulful, emotional, and/or physical pain. I pray with an image of God’s mercy as warm oil spreading over the dry, parched, chapped areas of our hearts and restoring healing suppleness to those pained places.

I also find this prayer helpful in times of crises, especially in a global crises. “Lord, have mercy on the people in Afghanistan, or Congo, or Syria, or Palestine.”  Or, “Lord, have mercy on the soldiers and their families.”  Or, “Lord, have mercy on the president and his advisors,” are the easiest prayers I can offer at this time.

The prayer is easy because I don’t have a solution to these crises but I can ask God to pay attention to them and to surround them with mercy.

Additionally, asking for God’s mercy frees me from trying to control God and telling (dictating) God what to do. Holding the situation up to God and asking for mercy frees God to be and to act as God desires. I can trust God’s mercy will be for the good of an individual and for the world.

I can trust God to extend mercy to me and to others because I have seen it happen and I know it to be good. And because I trust God’s mercy, I can continue praying, “Lord, have mercy.”

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5 thoughts on “Prayer of the week: “Lord, have mercy”

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  2. LORD I WANT TAKE THE TIME AND PRAY NOT ONLY FOR MYSELF BUT EACH AND EVERYONE IN THE WORLD FROM EVERY PART OF THE WORLD AND INBETWEEN, I PRAY THAT YOU CONTINUE TO LOVE AND PROTECT US AND PROVIDE FOR US AND OUR FAMILIES AND GIVE US STRENGTH AND KNOWLEDGES AND STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH IN YOU AND BRING US CLOSER TO YOU FOR ONES WHO HAVE STRAYED AWAY, I PRAY FOR THE WORLD WHERE MUCH LOVE IS NEEDED AND NEEDED TO BE SHOWN TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF US, AND THANK YOU LORD FOR BEING THE KING OF ALL KINGS AND DA RULER OF PEACE AND THE MAN THAT CAN FIX ANYTHING AND WORK MIRACLES ON A DAILY, I CAN NEVER REPAY YOU BUT I CAN NEVER THANK YOU ENOUGH. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU LORD. AMEN AMEN AMEN.

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