Almighty God, our Heavenly Father; you have saved us with a great salvation, you have been merciful to us and not dealt with us as our sins deserve, you have graciously blessed us and through Jesus Christ your son have called us your children. You have poured out your Spirit upon us to guide, comfort, empower, and aid us on our journey till the end. You have poured out your Spirit upon us to strengthen us to serve you in this world.
Yet, there are times Lord, when we feel like we are in the desert just like the prophet Isaiah alludes to. We grow tired and our strength fails us for we are really weak. Some of us are discouraged this morning; all kinds of things discourage us. Some of us come with burdens too heavy to bear, for there are all kinds of weights that burden us. Some of us come with problems, with illnesses, with heartbreak, for this world is not always generous, nor fair. Some of us come with sin and guilt; our hearts tell us that we are not right with you and our neighbors. Some of us come looking for your mercy and forgiveness.
We know Lord it is not just us individually in need today. The whole world needs you. Peoples from every tribe and nation and language stand in need of you today. Asia needs you. Africa needs you. Europe needs you. South America needs you. Australia needs you. All the nations all over the earth need you, for you are the Creator and Lord of the earth
And so Lord, hear our prayers for all those who are needy this day, both great and small. Hear our prayers for others and hear our prayers for ourselves.
Let there be rejoicing in the wilderness, joyful singing in the desert land of life. Display your glory and splendor once again and let us see you. Strengthen our hands, encourage our legs. Take away our fears and make us strong in faith. Save us, Lord Jesus!
Let the blind see and the lame walk, lead us on your Highway to Holiness that we may truly live for you. Hear our prayers today. Let us come and worship you. Let sorrow and mourning flee away and everlasting joy and gladness be with your people through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen