Almighty God, there is no one like you who hears our prayers, who goes before us, and who keeps your covenantal promises. You are the God who is for us. We seek your hand upon us, Father. Lead us. Protect us. Provide for us. Use us for your greater good and for your glory. We ask these things in the name and authority of Jesus, who established the new covenant, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.

“So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.” (Ezra 8:23 ESV)