Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Germany Prays Together: An Unprecedented Public Event

 

Back in 2015, I moved with my family to Augsburg to work with a number of Christian ministries here in Germany, chief among them the Augsburg House of Prayer. It is from that ministry that a new initiative has sprung in response to the XiJinPing-Virus-inspired crisis here in Europe. It is called Deutschland Betet Gemeinsam and you can read more about it in German here.  Since it was organized (all of ten days ago, give or take), it has spread internationally to include participating churches and ministries in Austria and Switzerland. What is really novel and encouraging about it is that Christians of all major streams of the faith — Catholic, Evangelical, Eastern Orthodox, Messianic Jewish — and Orthodox Jews from all over the German-speaking world will be praying together in public. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 8, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Central European Time. If you have the inclination, you can certainly join from abroad.

And as promised, the translation of the prayer from the website:

In solidarity with the many who are suffering and those who are performing such indispensable services for us in our society right now, we stand before you, the God of Life, as believers. We confess: We need your help. Only by trusting in you will we find in the current crisis any chance for a new start that will bring lasting change. Jesus Christ says: „Come to me, you who are weary and heavily burdened and I will give you rest.” We pray for our nation and say:

We bow before you the Triune God and confess our guilt. We have not
thanked you for your daily goodness and your great faithfulness. In our
everyday lives, we have not sought your will.
We have shown contempt for your commandments, inverted your ordinances
and ignored the suffering of our fellow man. We are well and deeply sorry.

We hear the word you spoke to your people Israel: “If my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves in prayer and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land” ( 2 Chr 7:14). Wie believe that you have plans of healing and hope for us.

We ask you: For the sake of Jesus Christ, Lord, forgive us
our guilt. We seek you and we repent of our corrupted ways. We reject Antisemitism,
racism and hopelessness. Heal and restore this world, your church, our lives
and our society. Come, Holy Spirit and renews
the face of the Earth. Open our souls to
your person and your word. Fill us so that we lives lives that honor your, bless others and fulfil
us. Use this crisis as your opportunity to bring many people back to you, the
source of life.

We pray specifically:

  • For the sick, for healing and consolation
  • For the dying, that they would know your presence
  • For those who mourn and those who are afraid to know hope and faith
  • For strength and protection for all those performing indispensable services for our society
  • For wisdom for those working in public policy, medicine and research
  • For inner strength and comfort for all those going through existential crises
  • For all people of whatever faith in Germany and all over the world, that they know your blessing and experience your love

Our Father…

Amen

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  1. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    So, it will take place just as Passover begins . . . in Germany? Beautiful!

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    • April 7, 2020, at 4:53 AM PDT
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  2. Kevin Schulte Member

    Prayers it will spark revival in the land. 🙏

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    • April 7, 2020, at 5:47 AM PDT
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  3. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    11:00 AM EST.

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    • April 7, 2020, at 6:28 AM PDT
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  4. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    11:00 AM EST.

    Thanks Percival.

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    • April 7, 2020, at 7:24 AM PDT
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  5. Marythefifth Member
    Marythefifth Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Is there any planned content or just 90 minutes of general praying at the same time?

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    • April 7, 2020, at 9:16 AM PDT
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  6. Henry Castaigne Member

    Do you think Jesus is kinda weirded out when he visits Germany cause he’s a Jew and all? Or do you think that maybe he’s like, “Eh. Well they love me Rome… now. Maybe it’ll be that way in Germany.”

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    • April 7, 2020, at 9:48 AM PDT
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  7. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I prayed the prayer that they had on the website at 11 (in English). 

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    • April 7, 2020, at 9:58 AM PDT
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  8. aardo vozz Member

    May the prayers be heard and result in good things.🙂

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    • April 7, 2020, at 10:47 AM PDT
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  9. Hartmann von Aue Member
    Hartmann von Aue

    Marythefifth (View Comment):

    Is there any planned content or just 90 minutes of general praying at the same time?

    There is a prayer in German under the video with the various leaders. The heading is “Unser Gebet”. I will get a translation up later. 

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    • April 7, 2020, at 11:07 AM PDT
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  10. HerrForce1 Member
    HerrForce1 Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Thanks for the post Hartmann. I will be joining from Boeblingen. 

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    • April 7, 2020, at 12:37 PM PDT
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  11. Hartmann von Aue Member
    Hartmann von Aue

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Do you think Jesus is kinda weirded out when he visits Germany cause he’s a Jew and all? Or do you think that maybe he’s like, “Eh. Well they love me Rome… now. Maybe it’ll be that way in Germany.”

    Well, during the Nazi era the Nazis established an institute that aimed to eliminate the Jewish elements of the Bible and re-write the New Testament to say that Jesus was an Aryan. They also replaced the “Vater Unser” with the “Adolph Unser” in religious instruction in schools and attempted to get crosses removed from schools. The Confessing Church and the Catholic Church – some of, including Pius XII- opposed these things as abominable and vile distortions of scripture, which they were. For Jesus being here is not a problem. It’s Christians from the goyim/ethnoi/nations like myself and Jewish Jesus people, and Orthodox Jews who have the difficult and often painful conversations. 

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    • April 7, 2020, at 12:39 PM PDT
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  12. Henry Castaigne Member

    Hartmann von Aue (View Comment):
    For Jesus being here is not a problem.

    Man that cat is zen. 

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    • April 7, 2020, at 12:48 PM PDT
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  13. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    A nice prayer. It is a bit strange that they mention Antisemitism and racism.

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    • April 7, 2020, at 2:57 PM PDT
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  14. Hartmann von Aue Member
    Hartmann von Aue

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    A nice prayer. It is a bit strange that they mention Antisemitism and racism.

    Well, it is only six months since the Halle incident, so that appalling event is on everyone’s mind. 

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    • April 7, 2020, at 9:59 PM PDT
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  15. Front Seat Cat Member

    There isn’t a lot of info about this on line. Could you tell us more about what happened and maybe post some pictures? Very interesting.

    • #15
    • April 8, 2020, at 5:36 AM PDT
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