I bless the Lord at all times and His prayer shall continually be in my mouth. This is the day that the Lord has made and we are going to rejoice and be glad in it. Knowing that we are His sons and daughters and he is waiting with His hands outstretched for us to approach His Throne.
I know a great deal about the mercy of God because I have firsthand experience with the Judge himself. I have served in the court system as a Bailiff under both male and female judges. I also, served in the Court of Appeals where I served three judges and sometimes another as reserved. I have seen people broke out in tears and ask for mercy. I have heard Lawyers ask for justice tempered with mercy. I heard the the man on the gallows cried out for mercy. Yes I an a witness to these and more. I have stood in the line that leads into His courtroom more than I want to admit. I have found my seat in the crowded gallery and observed for myself how the judge deals with those who have done wrong. I have verified for myself that our good God does not deserve our bad reputation!
In the courtroom of the Scriptures, I have seen His mercy in action as murderers, adulterers, slanderers, and outcasts stand before Him all with one simple request: Lord, have mercy — the most prayed prayer in the Bible.
“Lord, have mercy” was the shout of blind men sitting roadside with nothing to lose. (Matthew 9:27; Matthew 20:30)
“Lord, have mercy” was what ten numb lepers cried from a distance, energized with the hope of a new life. (Luke 17:13 nkjv)
“Lord, have mercy” was the petition of a foreign Canaanite woman when she wanted Jesus to heal her suffering daughter. (Matthew 15:22)
“Lord, have mercy” was the plea of King David in times of fear, in moments when he bordered on insanity, and at points when he put his kingdom at risk. This “man after [God’s] own heart” (Acts 13:22) asked for mercy more than anyone else in the Bible.
Lord, have mercy is the most prayed prayer in the Bible. And get this: there is not one time in the Bible where God denies this request!
This is the most prayed prayer because God — the just and all-powerful Creator — is most merciful. He delights to show leniency to people. Throughout the Scriptures, God lavishly dispenses his loving-kindness.
Many have experienced the life-altering effects of the mercy prayer.
I have witnessed men and women at the altar crying out to God for His mercy. I have seen the tears running down their cheeks with their hands raised towards heaven. I have seen arrogance asking for mercy while the simple and humble asking for mercy. I cried before God at my door and my bedside asking for His grace and mercy on my life and family. I cried to God on behalf of my brothers and sisters for mercy. Yes I go before the Throne of Grace and plead on your behalf. I am alive today because of what God has done for me.
I have seen the mercy of God — and the process of seeking it — transform many, young sex addicts to men who are living with the consequences of ruining their marriages. There are many times we pass people on our way and don’t know what they are going through. We have seen men and women crying on the streets and we pass them by. Should we take a minute to ask a question, we may be in a better position to help that someone. Sometimes all we need to do is sit next to that person, maybe wrap my arms around their shoulders, and whisper, “God is merciful and desires to lessen your pain. Just Pray: Lord, have mercy… Lord, have mercy… Lord, have mercy.”
Sometimes just the act of praying the prayer is transformative. Just the recognition of the compassion, grace, and loving-kindness of God is enough to sooth a wounded soul. Just the anticipation of God’s mercy is transformational in and of itself.
So let us immerse ourselves in the truth that God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love. Let us make the most prayed prayer of the Bible our most uttered request as well. Let us practice seeking God’s mercy with every beat of our hearts, remembering that nowhere in the Bible does God deny a single request for mercy.
God always hears your cry, Lord have mercy! Always. In what area of your life do you deeply need His mercy today? Don’t back away from asking the prayer that He always answers! Join the conversation today on our blog themysticalorder.blogspot.com! about God’s unlimited mercy — the kind that has even earned Him a bad reputation!
I pray that God will meet your needs and grant your petitions in whatever areas of your lives. Pray the simple pray, “Lord have mercy.”
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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