A Prayer for “Act Like Men”

We ran a small conference on the weekend as a response to the Act Like Men conference this coming weekend. The group of 200 of us prayed this together to end.
You can listen to all the talks here.

Look at your people

We came here

Gathered
Sang
Watched
Listened
Found Joy
Got Angry
Discovered our weaknesses
Remembered our past
Hoped for our future

Now we are praying
Praying that you would continue to liberate us
Praying that we would live into our humanity
Praying that we would be transformed by your Spirit
Praying that you would be glorified

We are really a broken bunch

Oppressed and Oppressor
We’ve all been both

Feeble attempts to stand with
But end up standing on

We came here to explore, listen and learn
Some of us will leave more full of ourselves then when we came

We came to be challenged not confirmed
Some of us will leave more vulnerable then when we arrived

Don’t let us leave this place excited about the things we’ve heard
Let us leave in mournful joy of the wheat and weeds that grow all around us

Don’t let us leave this place fixed, thinking we have the answers, or that we are right.
Let us leave broken, in solidarity with the broken world around us

Don’t let us leave this place and forget
Let us remember

We remember those that feel different from us
Gender
Sex
Race
Social Status
Religion
Family
Orientation
Ability
Nationality
We need your love to reflect in us

We remember those that make us angry
Conservatives
Fundamentalists
Judgemental
Liberals
Wealthy
Poor
Educated
Powerful
Weak
We need your love to reflect in us

We remember those that will be at the Act Like Men conference
Be present with them.

That’s all we can really ask.
Be present
Bring peace

Be present with us, with them, with me, with the other.
Make your presence known, make us aware of it everywhere we go.

Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus
clear the way for us to come to you.

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow
for each other and for everyone else.

May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy

in the presence of our God and Father
when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

Amen.

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