Prayer for February 19: Please pray with me. God who brings order out of chaos, come to us now. Our society and world is drawn towards chaos and drama. There are those in this world that thrive on creating chaos, division, distraction, and drama. It is easy for so many to be sucked into this. But why? Why are so many drawn to chaos and drama? What benefit do they bring? Nothing. Lord, send us your peace. Let you peace work through us. Open our eyes to see that peace is not a destination, but rather the way of life that you offer. In place of chaos and drama, let your peace and mercy flow. Let them fill our hearts and minds. Give us the opportunity to take a deep breath so that we may be ready to go out and proclaim your Good News in the midst of chaos and drama. Amen.
Prayer for February 18: Please pray with me. God of Good News, open our eyes, our hearts, and our minds to encounter your Good News. The world is full of bad news. It seeks to distract us and grab our attention. It is addicted to drama and anger, offense and idolatry. The world is a pusher of the drug of being right. And we are addicts who can’t seem to stop when we want. The drugs of distraction, scapegoating, and division are too appealing, even though we know they are deadly. Break us free from these addictions Lord. Set us free so that we can hear your Good News for our lives. Set us free so that we can see you at work in the world around us. Set us hearts free so that when you encounter us and give us grace, mercy, forgiveness, love, and peace, we may recognize these things. Set us free so that we may be instruments of your peace for the world. Thank you for not giving up on us. Amen.
Prayer for February 15: Please pray with me. God of all, sometimes we mistake our stuff for being a god. Too often, our money is the thing we worship. We worship money because we believe it defines our value and worth. How silly. Money no more defines who we are than being able to jump up and down on one leg. Sure it’s nice, but it doesn’t define us. You call on us to do radical things in the eyes of the world. Money whispers and sometimes shouts at us to change. Money becomes an excuse to not act, to not follow you. Money distracts us. Money proclaims a different gospel to us – a gospel that tells us that we lack, that we aren’t good enough, that we need money, that money will make decisions for us. Turn us from the idol we have made money into. Clear our eyes to see money for what it is – a tool to be used, not to be used by it. Amen.
Prayer for February 14: Please pray with me. God of truth, you come to us. We are impatient. We seek to do things our own way. We make excuses. We build golden calves that serve our desires. Forgive us when we chant “build the calf!” The golden calves of our lives, our nation, and our faith offer us freedom, pleasure, riches, full bellies, and safety. Except they are empty promises. Woe to us when we willingly demand golden calves be built – when we place our faith in things we create. Why do we do this? Is it about control? Is it about recognizing that we are not the creator, that you are? Sin, brokenness – these at the things that drive us to build the calves in our life, our nation, and our faith. We build golden calves to cover our sin and brokenness. Forgive us. Turn us from these golden calves that cost us dearly – in terms of health, life, relationships, wealth, faith, and more. Grow love for you within us. Let your love flow through our lives. Fill us with your mercy, grace, peace, forgiveness, joy, and more. Fill us so that any emptiness we think we have – emptiness that we try to fill with golden calves – is filled with you. Amen.
Prayer for February 12: Please pray with me. God of Sabbath, why do we ignore you? Why do we push ourselves to our limits, exhausted? Why do we wear ourselves out? Why do we listen to and become consumed by drama? What is so attractive about them that we are willing to ignore you and your call to rest and to listen to you? That makes no sense? You offer a different way Lord. Open our eyes to see how badly we need you. Open our hearts to know how badly we need Sabbath. Amen.
Prayer for February 1: Please pray with me. True God who dwells with us, why do we yearn for something else? Why do we insist on making golden calves instead of following you? Is it because we can control a golden calf, a false god? Is it because we prefer the things we hear from false gods – they never challenge us, or call on us to be uncomfortable. But you do. Open our eyes to see that you are truth and that your will is what is best. You walk with us in uncomfortable moments. We are not alone. Turn us to reject these false gods in our life, and in our nation. Amen.
Prayer for January 31: Please pray with me. God of action, hold a mirror up to us to so that we may see what we truly believe. You made us so that we would be consistent between our beliefs about the world and our actions. Guide us and change us so that our beliefs are in alignment with your will. Move us and shape us. Direct us so that we may do your will and participate in the unfolding of the kingdom. Amen.