Prayer for January 24, 2020: Please pray with me. God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – you are the God of the living, not the dead. Even those that die, are alive in you. You remember them. And you promise to raise the dead. We often worry that we will be forgotten to history. And we wonder, what was life all about if we are forgotten. The world may not know us and what we did and how we lived, but you do. You know us in and out. You know the good, the bad, and the ugly. And yet, you still love us anyway. You rain grace and mercy on us. You forgive us generously. We are grateful for that. Remember us. And forgive us. Amen.
Prayer for January 23, 2020: Please pray with me. God of grace, God of mercy, you are also a God that forgives. We are trapped in sin and many times don’t even know it. Sin can be like the air we breathe. We are not strong enough to push it away on our own. It is only through you that we can see it for what it really is and respond. Thank you for your forgiveness and grace. Thank you for a path through the jungle of sin. Guide our steps and accompany us. Amen.
Prayer for January 22, 2020: Please pray with me. God of life, we lift up our very being to you. You are God of our bodies and souls. You infuse us with your spirit – a breath of life. But why is that we struggle with how to be stewards of our bodies and souls? Why is our focus on care for your creation only when we are sick? You give us intelligence. Prod us to use that intelligence to care for your creation – our bodies and souls. Open our eyes to see that stewardship of our body is about proclaiming your Good News to all around us. This isn’t a call to us to be perfect in the way that the world thinks our bodies should be. You make us in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and that is good. And at the same time, you call on us to be good stewards of what you give us in the best way possible for each of our bodies. Change food systems, health care systems, mental health system and more to truly be oriented towards life and health. Guide us towards thriving life so that we may be your hands and feet to those around us. Amen.
Prayer for January 21, 2020: Please pray with me. God of abundance, you made all things and those things are still creating. You are a God of overwhelming creativity and abundance. Yet, somehow we think there are limits to your abundance. We get all funky with our beliefs when it comes to money and wealth. All of a sudden the money that we have is “ours.” Hands off God, we earned it. It’s ours. Don’t tell us what to do with it. Hmmm. How did that happen? Why do those of us who have plenty still live in fear of not having enough? How else to explain hoarding? This sounds harsh though Lord. Yes, that’s how we can get out of what you call us to do with our possessions. Wait, our possessions?!? You lay claim to it all? The house? The car? Our money? Our stuff? This is getting harder God! I don’t like it! What’s that? It’s all yours anyway and we can’t take it with us? And we won’t need it anyway? Oh yeah, we forget that. And we have trouble actually believing in the resurrection and eternity. That’s clear when we care more about our stuff than answering your call to care for our neighbors. You call us to love you and our neighbors. Empower us and poke us to do just that. You equip us with everything that we need to participate in the unfolding of the Kingdom of God. If only we loosen our grip on the stuff you give us to use. Open our eyes to see that in using what you give us, we not only offer grace and mercy and hope and love to the receiver, we also receive them as well. Amen.
Prayer for January 20, 2020: Please pray with me. Word of God, you are the God of conversation. Yet, we often think we are the gods of conversation and that you must follow our command. But you created us. You are literally the Word made flesh. Language is a characteristic of who you are. And we have the audacity to think that language is our domain. There’s a word for that too – arrogance. Forgive us for our abuse of language – especially when we use language to oppress and exploit. Forgive us when we use language as a weapon to hurt and destroy. Forgive us when we use language to divide and conquer. Change our hearts so that the language of love may come out of us in word and deed. Transform us to be your followers and follow your lead with all around us. Alter our prayers. Adjust our postings. Let your Word come through us. Let others know that we are your followers based on our language – in the wide variety of ways that we use it. Amen.
Prayer for January 17, 2020: Please pray with me. God of the means, you call us to live out the faith you give us. You care about the means and the ends. That is what following you is all about. Guide us in our discipleship – our lived faith. Teach us how to live. Correct us when we go astray in deed or belief. Set us on the narrow path and walk with us. Amen.
Prayer for January 16, 2020: Please pray with me. God of the lowly, you come to those who the world casts down. You abide with those who the world discards and finds no value in. While the world is more concerned with monetary value, you concern yourself with inherent value – the value you place in every person regardless of what they do or what they produce. Help us to see clearly that true value comes from you. Amen.