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Monday: Our World, Our Nation, Our Community

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name — With both humility and boldness, we call on You, Our Father, the one, true, and holy God of the universe. As an extension of your love, You have created this world, and You sustain it in Your mercy and power. May Your name reign supreme in our world, our nation, and our community.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven — Your kingdom will, indeed, come. There is no earthly power or person that can stop it! Help us to be an obedient, insightful people, who joyfully participate where Your Spirit is moving mightily and who work for transformation in Your name where suffering and sin temporarily reign. May the leaders of our world, nation, and community be agents of Your kingdom values.

Give us this day our daily bread — You are the Bread of Life, who provides us nourishment physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As we are blessed, empower usto be Your servants in our world, nation, and community, bringing food to the hungry and Your saving word to all.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us — Lord, You are the Good Shepherd who gave Your life for Your sheep. You did this while we were still sinners and prodigals, yet You ran to us offering forgiveness and freeing us from guilt and shame. As recipients of Your grace, help us in turn to be agents of Your grace in our world, nation, and community through our shared life and work.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil — Dear God, as followers of Christ, You send us into our world, our nation, and our community in Hisfootsteps. As we engage with the temptation and evil that is present in these places, we ask for Your divine protection so that Your light will overcome the darkness.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever — God, You are the King! May Your kingdom reign in power and glory in each of our lives, in every thought and every decision, as we seek Your intended restoration of our world, our nation, and our community.