Prayer for May 22: Please pray with me. Subversive God, you lay a foundation for an alternate vision of the world. You are a subversive God. You are a visionary God. You are a God who continues to expand your reign over creation. And you do things and include people the world wants to exclude. While we want to control and exclude, you continue to invite and celebrate. Thank you. Every one of us should be grateful for this because we are, have been, will be, on the outside looking in in our lives. But with you and your subversive ways – we are brought in to your loving embrace. Amen.
Prayer for May 21: Please pray with me. God who shows your favor on the outcast and poor – you are a generous God. Far more generous than we can imagine. You call on us to care for the poor and the outcast – to welcome the stranger. Move us from fear of the other to seeing how connected we are to others. Help us to see that our salvation is wrapped up in their salvation too. You are a God of community, not just individuals. You are a God who seeks the restoration of the whole of creation, not just humans. When you call to us, give us ears to hear and hearts to respond. Give us the courage to move forward in directions you take us. Amen.
Prayer for May 20: Please pray with me. God of life, we humble ourselves before you. What else are we to do Lord? Life is complicated and messy. Too often we are faced with decisions that have no good or obvious options. Yet, we must go forward. Forgive us when we make bad decisions. Forgive us when we make decisions that cost lives. Difficult decisions suck. They scar us and scare us. Thankfully, we stand beside us – to comfort us in our consequences, to call us to repentance when it is needed. You forgive us, even though we don’t deserve it. You love us. We do nothing to earn your love. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer for May 10: Please pray with me. God who is patient, wow. You are the very definition of love. You are patient. You do not force your way into our lives, but rather keep offering the invitation to respond to you. That takes patience. What good is love if it is forced? It isn’t love. Open us to your invitation. Give us the courage to respond to you and your invitation. Give us the faith we need to let go of control and to grab a tight hold of you. And lead us forward, embracing the fact that we are not in control. Amen.
Prayer for May 9: Please pray with me. God of life, death, and resurrection, come to us. Be with us through all stages of our life. And help us to let go of the false notion that we are in control. Why do we cling to this notion? It is so clearly a lie, yet, a pervasive one. Why do we desire to sit in your place through control? Help us to let go of the idea of being in control, of being right, of being first, of being more than others. In the end, we are no different than everyone else. On Ash Wednesday, Christians hear the phrase – “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Transform us in ways that we remember this. Transform us so that we live out what we claim to believe about you. Transform us to cling to you. Amen.
Prayer for May 8: Please pray with me. God of transformation, you are the constant change in the world and at the same time, ever steady. This is a mystery to us. Oh how we wish you would stay still so we can get a hold of you and, if we are honest, control you. But you are in the business of transformation – life change. You promise us this at all stages of our life, including when we die. Transform us. Change us. Mold us as you will. Align our actions and words with your will. Uncover our true hidden beliefs about you and expose them when they are incongruent with your will. Amen.
Prayer for May 7: Please pray with me. God of wonder, is it you that wonders about us, or us that wonders about you? You tell us how to live – how to live with ourselves, with others, with creatures, and with creation. And upon hearing this, we turn away and go our own way – often in failure. And we wonder why. We wonder why you weren’t there to stop us. We wonder why you would allow such things to happen. I wonder if you wonder about us. Amen.