121 Days of Prayer
Return to the Lord Your God, For He is Gracious and Merciful
The purposes of this prayer are Repentance, Reconciliation and Lovingkindness.
Heavenly Father, the prophet Joel prophesied to Judah of the coming Day of the Lord and then urged the Israelites to abandon their evil ways and return to the Lord: “Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful. He is not easily angered; he is full of kindness, and anxious not to punish you. Who knows? Perhaps even yet he will decide to let you alone and give you a blessing instead of his terrible curse. Perhaps he will give you so much that you can offer your grain and wine to the Lord as before! Sound the trumpet in Zion! Call a fast and gather all the people together for a solemn meeting. Bring everyone- the elders, the children, and even the babies. Call the bridegroom from his quarters and the bride from her privacy. The priests, the ministers of God, will stand between the people and the altar, weeping; and they will pray, ‘Spare your people, O our God, don’t let the heathen rule them, for they belong to you. Don’t let them be disgraced by the taunts of the heathen who say, ‘Where is this God of theirs? How weak and helpless he must be!’’” Joel 2:13–17 (TLB). Lord, you are indeed gracious and merciful. You revealed your great mercy over two thousand years ago when your Son, Jesus, came into the world to save man from his sins. Praise God! Amen.