God of grace, who opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble, we pray for our world, in need of your grace but reluctant to receive it.
We pray for those who have failed. As people, as professionals, in relationships and at work. We pray for all who carry the wounds of failure and humiliation. Lord, oppose the proud, give grace to the humble.
We pray for the victims of bullies, in the playground and in the shanty town, in the workplace and in the refugee camp. Lord, oppose the proud, give grace to the humble.
We pray for politicians whose ends can never justify their means. For those so intent on staying in power, on winning votes, and pleasing the crowds, that any thought of fighting for justice is beyond all thought and desire. Lord, oppose the proud, give grace to the humble.
We pray for ourselves, wanting to be humble, but closing our ears to those who bring us discomfort. Refusing to hear those who bring your challenge for us to change our minds, to change our habits, to change our lives. Teach us to listen, encourage us to be transformed by your living presence. Lord, oppose us when we are proud, grant us your grace when we are humbled.