Exiles returning, rebuilding
the temple and their lives;
recapturing the lost identity
as the chosen people of God.
Standing as one, they repent
of wrong and remember their story:
Abraham’s covenant, Joseph’s provision,
enslavement in Egypt, Moses’ miracle deliverance,
Joshua’s victorious campaigns, and so much more.
Memory marks sin’s losses and gracious gifts.
Lord, for us, too, would You
bring us home, rebuild our lives,
recapture our identity in You
as Your chosen people.
Remind us of Your gracious gifts
and sin’s losses in salvation’s story.
Weave us wild ones
into Your kingdom come,
ever closer, ever clearer,
for Your glory.
[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]