A prayer for new heart to pray this Palm Sunday
who hears our prayers, we ask as your people across Ireland call out to you,
that you would hear and answer our cries.
Forgive us for our prayerlessness,
how too often we thought ourselves:
too busy to pray, able to manage on our own,
in no need of you as our lives trundled on through their well-worn routines.
In this moment of fear and uncertainty,
this shuddering interruption to daily life,
the stillness of lockdown, the loss of so much that we have taken for granted,
open our hearts to you in prayer, give us fresh voice in prayer,
impress upon us your greater willingness to answer than our eagerness to ask.
Help us to take confidence in your promises that:
as we ask it will be given to us,
as we seek we will find,
as we knock the door will be opened to us.
Show mercy in these days of suffering and death.
Shed your light in our darkness.
Supply grace sufficient to meet our need.
This Palm Sunday give us cause to cry with those that first Easter week,
‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’
‘Blessed he is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’
‘Hosanna in the highest!’
as we experience King Jesus stooping down, with meekness and majesty, to save. Amen
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