5 Moses writes about the righteousness that comes from the Law: The person who does these things will live by them. 6 But the righteousness that comes from faith talks like this: Don’t say in your heart, “Who will go up into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 or “Who will go down into the region below?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the message of faith that we preach). 9 Because if you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and in your heart you have faith that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 Trusting with the heart leads to righteousness, and confessing with the mouth leads to salvation. 11 The scripture says, All who have faith in him won’t be put to shame. 12 There is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord is Lord of all, who gives richly to all who call on him. 13 All who call on the Lord’s name will be saved.
14 So how can they call on someone they don’t have faith in? And how can they have faith in someone they haven’t heard of? And how can they hear without a preacher? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the good news.
The one in whom we trust for our salvation, there is indeed no shame for any who call upon the name of Christ. There is no distinction between Greek or Jew, for You love us all the same; we are all Your children. It is Your heart’s desire that we know You and seek You for You will not withhold the gift of Your salvation from any of Your children.
Father, today we pray for those who are missing parents. For those who lost their parents to the grave or those who have experienced rejection from their earthly parents. We pray for their comfort. We pray that they may find in You a Parental figure that is always loving, always accepting, always generous with compassion and grace.
We pray for those who have been taught that Your name means hate. May they learn to associate Your name with love.
We pray for those who have been given toxic religion and taught that it was the gospel truth. We pray that You will send to them messengers of love who can teach them the truth about who You really are. May they be washed in the healing waters of Your love.
We pray for comfort for those who are struggling with illness, be it physical illness or mental illness. We pray for access to doctors and therapists or any other resources that may be needed. We pray for compassionate and supportive community to gather around them. We pray that they feel loved when they need it the most.
We pray for the wisdom of our leaders in our cities, our states & provinces, and at the federal level. There is so much happening in our world today: pandemic, protests against systemic racism, the explosion in Beirut, the airplane crash in India. We pray for compassion, wisdom, and courage for our leaders to guide us all in the right way.
Father God, we thank You for Your all-encompassing love, which knows no boundaries. You see us from before we are even born. You desire the best for us, and You sent Christ that we might have life abundant, because You care for us as a Father cares for His children. We thank You that in a world where religion creates obstacles to Your presence, requiring us to meet expectations and follow rules You never asked us to, You welcome every soul that reaches for You, saying, “allow the little children to come to me.”
We pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ.