A Wilderness Prayer (Deuteronomy 8)

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Based on Deuteronomy 8:2-3; 14-16

God of the Ages
Our Deliverer and Provider
We bow in humility before your grace

You feed us with the divine
Your word
Your body

You quench our thirst with living water
A stream in the desert

You guide our feet through snares and snakes

You free us from slavery to sin and self and death

You lead us the long way to holiness and home

Test our hearts
Have we exalted ourselves?
Have we forgotten you?

time of silent reflection and confession

Reveal the truth to us, O God
Exposed by your unrelenting light
Wiped clean with your wilderness wind

Grow in us wholehearted allegiance
that our blessing and devotion may never waver
that we may always recognize and trust your desire to do us good
Amen

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A Wilderness Prayer © 2017 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Prayer: Jesus, You Break the Chains

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Isaiah 58:6 The Voice
What I want in a fast is this: to liberate those tied down and held back by injustice, to lighten the load of those heavily burdened, to free the oppressed and shatter every type of oppression.

Jesus, what you want is what you do
You, the Victorious One
You, the Key to every prison
You do not merely release the captives
You break the chains
You destroy the dungeons

Come again Mighty Savior!
Take our strongholds and give us freedom
Take our numbers and give us names
Take our sentences and give us life

Open the doors of our souls with deliverance
Break the walls of our relationships with grace
Release our voices in witness, thanksgiving, and praise
We, the once enslaved, now bearers of your liberation
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen!

Jesus, You Break the Chains © 2017 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Prayer: You Love Me (Deuteronomy 7:7-8)

Ocean Surface Wave, photo by Jon Sullivan via Wikimedia Commons, adapted

Ocean Surface Wave, photo by Jon Sullivan via Wikimedia Commons, adapted

Deuteronomy 7:7-8 NLT
The LORD did not choose you and lavish his love on you because you were larger or greater than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! It was simply because the LORD loves you, and because he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the LORD rescued you with such amazing power from your slavery under Pharaoh in Egypt.

You love me
not because I am mighty
or beautiful
or talented

not because of what I’ve achieved
or acquired

or because of who I am
or who I know
or who knows me

You love me
because that is your way
that is you

You love me

Your love opens me up
raises me up
from every shadow which works to enslave me
every lesser love

How Great is your Love!
How Power-full
Beauty-full
Faith-full
Hope-full
Grace-full

Fill me full
full of your love
so it splashes and spills
and pours and fills
and seeps and saves
our world awash and alive in your love

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You Love Me © 2014 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Prayer: O Lord, Awaken Us

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Detail of prayers written at the Chains Human Trafficking Awareness Event at Community UMC in DeBary. Photo by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

In recent worship services at Community United Methodist Church, we highlighted the growing problem of modern slavery, also known as human trafficking. The following prayer was written by Nicole Sallee especially for these services. It is printed here with her permission. Following the services, persons were invited to walk through an interactive experience entitled Chains, where they could learn more information, pray, and join efforts to end human trafficking.

Nicole is the director of worship arts for our congregation and the founder of The Community Freedom Project. Their purpose is to bring awareness to the epidemic of human trafficking and healing to the survivors. Their ultimate goal is a restoration home for Central Florida slavery survivors. For more information on The Community Freedom Project, click here or here.

This prayer followed the song Awakening by Chris Tomlin and Reuben Morgan
(Hillsong Music Publishing 2010, CCLI #5677399)

Prayer: O Lord, Awaken us by Nicole Sallee
O Lord
Awaken us
Awaken us to your presence here
Awaken us to your Spirit in our lives
Awaken us to the passion you’ve burned inside of us to be your church

Open our eyes to see the needs of others
Open our ears to hear their cries
Open our mouths to speak up and stand against injustice

We offer our hands to heal their wounds
We offer our feet to rush to their side
We offer our voice to sing peace
We offer our mind to learn your truth
We offer our gifts in support of your vision

For you are the God of the nations
And every person created is your child
We want to be your hands and feet
We want to reach out and hold the broken

So shake these walls
Rattle this steeple
Give us the strength to be bold

Grant us these things according to your will
In the name of Jesus
Who set the example
Who make it possible
Who taught us to pray…
conclude with the Lord’s Prayer

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O Lord, Awaken Us © 2013 Nicole Sallee
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