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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