You see the ruin
that we as human beings
so often bring upon ourselves,
individually and corporately.
We acknowledge that we have looked
to human strength instead of your strength
and to human leaders in place of your kingly rule.
We long for someone to set things right
and all our worry and efforts
seem sometimes to only make things worse.
Have mercy on us, O God,
that we might receive
Your severe mercy of correction,
and find the grace of restoration
through Jesus Christ,
the Promised Messiah foretold in Micah
and the only One who can truly save.
All this we pray, through Jesus Christ,
to whom, with You and the Holy Spirit
be honor and glory, now and forever.