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There is no hope
Unless You provide it,

There is no grace
Until You intervene.

There is no glory
Until Your Spirit comes.

Come Spirit of Hope
Pour out Your Mercy on us.

Come Spirit of Grace
Bid condemnation flee away.

Come Spirit of Glory
Anoint Your people now.

Fountain of Favour
Renew the hearts of Your people

Fountain of Worship
Restore the hearts of Your people

Wellspring of Joy
Renew and Restore the hearts of Your people

In the name of the One who was, and is, and is to come. Amen.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

‘Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy, According to Your unfailing love have mercy, According to your unfailing riches in Christ, O Lord hear our prayer.’

May your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need.

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy.

Forgive us Lord that we are the generation that believes in our disbelief. There is no limit to the depravity that we have embraced, Lord, or to the cynicism we have embraced.

Are You not right when You decree your judgement against a land that has enthroned ways contrary to Your laws? Yet just as we have experienced Your mercy in our own lives, so we dare to pray that You will yet look with favour on our land.

Hear the longing of Your people for righteousness to prevail and for Your glory to visit our land.

Be not a passing stranger or an unwelcome guest, but come as the Bright Morning Star, as the ruler and leader of Your people, and the Saviour of the Land.

High King of Heaven
Remember not what we have done,

Nor all we deserve,
But for Your own name’s sake

Renew and restore Your people.
Send a fresh wave of Your Spirit,

And raise up Your co-workers to rebuild Your church
And win this nation for Christ.

We ask in the name of Jesus and for Your glory Lord,

High King of Heaven, as nations rage in turmoil,
We proclaim the coming King
Who has promised to return
And who is standing at the door.

Break open the doors that are closed to You,
That those far away may be drawn to You,
And those at odds with each other find each other again in You.

Even though we live surrounded by people who love us, Lord, there come times when we feel utterly isolated, when only You can know the sorrow in our heart. Perhaps You have designed it like this, Lord, so that when the trials feel too heavy for us to bear on our own, we have to hand them over to You.

Help us not to doubt You in the darkness, nor to hold back from following You. And though it sometimes seems as though the hour of opportunity has passed us by and darkness has tolled its bell, yet we praise You that You never change; You are always the same.

Water now the roots of our hearts, that our spirits may not wither. At the scent of water, let them spring back to life again.

From the book of Isaiah the Lord God speaks:
‘Do not be afraid,
I have come to save you.
You are special to me,
and I know your name,
When the deep dark waters of trouble
swirl around you,
I am with you.

Grant us courage to attempt what You have put within our hearts to do. For it is as we set out to do things that Your blessing comes.

Help us to light a candle rather than to bemoan the darkness.