Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
He brings princes to naught
and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
Great Lord of heaven and earth,
We pray for our world.
But it is not our world, of course, it is your world. By your sovereign choice you created the heavens and the earth. Your power and beauty are everywhere to be seen in the creation. You chose to make humanity according to your image.
But we men and women have chosen to follow our own ways. We separated ourselves from you. We ruined the world.
We rejoice that you so loved the world, that you have come in the person of Jesus Christ to save us.
And so we pray for the process of salvation in our world.
Help us to see your light even when darkness seems to surround us.
Help us to proclaim Jesus Christ, the light that has come into the world, at every opportunity.
Grant freedom so we may proclaim the gospel without impediment.
Help those whose very lives are threatened in persecution.
Bring your holy judgment onto cruel evildoers.
Let your justice roll down like waters.
Bring peace to troubled regions of the world.
Guide us into the ways we can be peacemakers, as the Lord Jesus commanded.
Give us the courage to be peacemakers when others only want conflict and war.
Build in us an integrity of attitude, behavior, and character that will let the world know that we can return to your goodness.
In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
[from Prayers for Our Lives: 95 Lifelines to God for Everyday Circumstances by Mel Lawrenz]