Today is the National Day of Prayer. It is another opportunity to drop our heads, sink to our knees, clasp our hands together and talk to the One who knows the words on our tongue before they arrive yet inclines His ear to hear them all (Psalm 139.4). We pause to talk to the One who can wipe away our tears and yet collects them (Psalm 56.8), the God who is all- powerful and yet tender toward us.
We are reminded that refuge is found only in the name of our God and that You have given Your Son, Jesus, the name that is above all others. And it is the name of Christ that I submit my morning prayer:
Dear God,Remove from me what is unclean Let not my eyes see what is impure Take away the sin fashioned by my hands Your presence to ensure Stop the sound of violence Plug my ears to the voice of bloodshed The screams of anguish and of anger You are the God of the living not the dead Don’t let the enemy encircle me Don’t allow what is dark to enclose Shine Your light all around me My steps You dispose I pray Your Spirit envelope me, Your Word contain me, Your arms surround me Your will sustain me. Amen.
 Mark 12.27