Prayer for cities worldwide

Father, in the way of Jesus 
With joy in Your Spirit, we praise You. 

Enable us to cause global justice 

To labour against poverty and hatred. 
We pray that within our cities 

You enable us to share our space 

With many peoples not like us. 
Enable us to embrace them 

That through our differences 

We grow into full humanity 

Shown through Jesus’ life 

In whose name we pray 

Through Your Spirit 

That makes us one.

I crafted this prayer, drawing themes and its structure from a Collect for “Cities” in the Book of Common Prayer. The Collect specifically concludes by suggesting that only through encountering people “from different cultures,” can we find “with one another the fulfilment of” our “humanity through Jesus Christ our Lord.” I directly informing this prayer is the “many tongues” theme of Pentecost. Another factor that guiding my own version of the prayer, was sitting in a briefing yesterday for upcoming national missions conference in 2018, the focus of which will be on cities. 

Following are further parts of the original Collect:

Heavenly Father . . . you have given us a vision of that holy City to which the nations of the world bring their glory: Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth. . . . 

Enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression . . . that men and women from different cultures and with differing talents may find with one another the fulfillment of their humanity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”