Afternoon Prayer ~XX~

10/16/22

Listen to what the Lord is saying:

“Stand up and state your case against me.
Let the mountains and hills be called
   to witness your complaints.
And now, O mountains,
    listen to the Lord’s complaint!
He has a case against his people.
    He will bring charges against Israel.
O my people, what have I done to you?
    What have I done to make you tired of me?
    Answer me!
For I brought you out of Egypt
    and redeemed you from slavery.
    I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to help you.
Don’t you remember, my people,
    how King Balak of Moab
    tried to have you cursed
    and how Balaam son of Beor
    blessed you instead?
And remember your journey
from Acacia Grove to Gilgal,
    when I, the Lord, did everything I could
    to teach you about my faithfulness.”

What then can we bring to the Lord?
Should we bring him burnt offerings?
Should we bow before God Most High
with offerings of yearling calves?
Should we offer him thousands of rams
and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Should we sacrifice our firstborn children
to pay for our sins?

No, O people.

The Lord has already told you what is good
and what he requires of you:

do justice,
love mercy,
and walk humbly with your God.

~ The Book of Micah, 6:1-8

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