Thursday, April 22, 2010

Think on These Things...

A Prayer for Liberation that Leads to Liberating Love (1994)
Frank Madison Reid III

O God, who is a father to fatherless, a mother to the motherless, and a friend to the friendless, we come seeking fellowship with your power and peaceful presence.

In a culture filled with divisiveness, disconnectedness and domination, we pause for a moment of centered-cosmic Christian connection that will bring wholess and healing to ourselves and our world.

We take time right now to worship you, to adore you, to magnify you, and to praise your holy name. In the words of the Psalmist, "We lift up our eyes tot he hills from whence cometh our help, our help cometh from the Lord" (Psalm 121:1-2 KJV).

O God, liberate us from the domination of individual and institutional violence. Liberate us for the ministry of deliverance to the captives within and without.

Liberate us from a self-centered spiritual materialism and liberate us to serve the present age. Liberate us from building our kingdoms and liberate us for the Kingdom of God.

Now God, we thank you for your liberating love which redeems us, restores us, and revives and resurrects us. We thank you for the gift of love you gave us in Jesus Christ. We thank you that it is because of your divine liberating love that we are able to serve, to stand and have this moment of prayer strengthened for the journey of this day. Amen.

Reid, Frank Madison. "A Prayer for Liberation that Leads to Liberating Love" in Conversations with God. Edited by James Melvin Washington. New York: Harper Collins, 1994.

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