Epaphras Prayer Letter

Second Sunday After Pentecost – Mark 3:28

Week of May 31, 2021 | Sunday: June 6, 2021

Mark 3:28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”


The Holy Spirit is both Advocate and Agent. The Holy Spirit “advocates” for us before God for the Holy Spirit has the ear of God. God listens to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit provides the “agency” for the establishment of faith in us. Through this agency, the Holy Spirit advocates for God in the very heart of us. The Holy Spirit gives us ears to hear the promised reality of the forgiveness of our sins. If such hearing ears are rejected by us, we blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and have no forgiveness of our sins.


Abba! Father! Listen to the Holy Spirit when we pray to you for safety in the midst of pestilence, for wealth in the midst of poverty, and for joy in the time of lament. In our weariness, lack of words, and poverty of resourcefulness, we pray: Father, for Jesus’ sake, hear our prayer.


Abba! Father! Listen to the Holy Spirit when we pray to you for our faithfulness even as we betray you, for our thanksgiving even though we are known for our neglect, and for our true joy in Jesus Christ even as we readily seek holiness substitutes. Father, for Jesus’ sake, hear our prayer.


Abba! Father! Listen to the Holy Spirit when we pray to you for our loved ones and their safety, for our loved ones and their health, for our loved ones and their salvation. Father, for Jesus’ sake, hear our prayer.


Abba! Father! Listen to the Holy Spirit when we pray to you for the nation and its leaders, for the church and its preachers, for families and their heads; grant them wise and confident decisions and the certainty of your forgiveness when they come to you in repentance. Father, for Jesus’ Sake, hear our prayer.


Abba! Father! Listen to the Holy Spirit sigh and groan our deepest needs into your ear: our need for love and admiration, our need to be free from the fear of death and pain, and our need for meaning and truth—all of which are found in Jesus Christ our Lord. Father, for Jesus’ sake, hear our prayer.


Abba! Father! Listen to the Holy Spirit when we pray to you for our neighbors, those both near and far. Some struggle beneath the immediate affliction of this plague visited upon us; others struggle beneath the indirect consequences of economic hardship and social isolation; all of them together suffer the brokenness of sin which only Jesus Christ can bear. Father, for Jesus’ sake, hear our prayer.


Abba! Father! Listen to the Holy Spirit when we pray to you for rest and refreshment; for a Sabbath that goes deeper than a few hours of the week; and for the deepest rest that comes as your Word envelops us and becomes our life. Father, for Jesus’ sake, hear our prayer.


Heavenly Father, into your hands we cast all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord. Amen.

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