Blessed is the One – Prayer for Revelation 1:3

Blessed is the One-Jer

There are seven (of course!) “Blessed is the one” passages in Revelation and I have asked a few different leaders in our church to write prayers inspired by these blessings in Revelation. The first one is written by Naaman Wood.

Revelation 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. (ESV)

O Father God who speaks the Word:

Blessed are You

O Christ the Son the living Word:

Blessed are You

O Holy Ghost who breathes the Word:

Blessed are You

Almighty God, you stirred your servant John to see the affliction of the seven churches and moved him to comfort them, and you revealed your apocalypse to him for the blessing of your suffering church. We thank you that, at the hands of the Roman Empire and in the face of great persecution, you sustained and kept your church with John’s words.

We give you thanks, good Lord.

When John saw his Christ, he saw the lamb who was slain at the hands of imperial power and persecution. We thank you that only through Christ’s death and vulnerability does your church know peace, even in the company of martyrs.

We give you thanks, good Lord.

Like our mothers and fathers in the faith, we thank you that you bless us and sustain us through your words we read aloud, through your words we hear, and through your words we keep.

We give you thanks, good Lord.

Yet, Almighty God, we know that, unlike the sev­en churches, we are not oppressed for our faith.

Hear our prayer, O lamb that was slain.

Though we live in peace, we struggle to speak your word and hear your word and do your word.

Hear our prayer, O lamb that was slain.

We struggle not from want but from security, plenty, and excess.

Hear our prayer, O lamb that was slain.

Deliver us from our homes and our possessions.

O Lord, arise, help us.

Deliver us from our careers and our future.

O Lord, arise, help us.

Deliver us from our children and our grand-children to come.

O Lord, arise, help us.

Deliver us from our whiteness and our privilege.

O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for your name’s sake.

Deliver us so that we may truly speak God’s word.

Deliver us, good Lord.

Deliver us so that we may truly hear God’s word.

Deliver us, good Lord.

Deliver us so that we may truly keep God’s word.

Deliver us, good Lord.

O dearest Father God, you declared victory in the weakness and death of your Son. Grant that your Spirit may quicken our hearts to follow Christ in death so that through him we make partake of life with you. We ask these things through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

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