Prayer for January 17: Please pray with me. God of creation, we wonder why. We question why. We want to know why. And so often we think we know the answer to these questions. But only you know the real answers. You are the reason for why anything exists at all. Turn us to look to you for the questions of life. Amen.
Prayer for January 16: Please pray with me. God of the means, you tell us that you favor the poor. We don’t like to hear that. We don’t like that at all. But you said it. You come to the aid of the outcast and oppressed. You restore the downtrodden. You stand with the weak. You walk with the hungry and thirsty. You shiver with the naked. You come to the aid of the stranger. You sit with the sick and you free the captive. We don’t like to hear this. It goes against what our society and culture values. Too often we hear an alternative gospel being proclaimed loudly to us – that the ends justify the means, that might makes right, and that the strong survive. These are heretical theologies and false gospels. Prominent people proclaim these messages and feed off the vulnerable with these ideas. But you are a just God. In the end, these are empty theologies that offer false promises of salvation. Those that adhere to these beliefs will be sorely disappointed. Those that adhere to these ideas will find themselves run over by these very same ideas they held dear. And they will know that the ends justify the means is a lie. You are God of the means. The means are the salvation for us. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer for January 10: Please pray with me. God of life, you call to us. Over and over again, you call to us. You seek us out. You tell us truth. You don’t sugar coat it. You tell us that following you will suck at times. But you promise life. You promise that we will not be alone. Yet why do we seek out idols instead of you? What does any idol have to offer that is beyond what you offer? A lie. A falsehood. False hope that sounds pleasing to us in ways that we want to hear it. But it is a lie. And idols don’t deliver. They only demand sacrifice. And end in destruction. And boy do idols get upset when they are exposed for what they are – lies and false. Only you are real and true God. Open our eyes to see and our ears to hear. Amen.
Prayer for January 9. Please pray with me. God who is love, how awesome are you? You are love! Oh how we want love in our lives. Yet we push you away. Why? Why do we push away the very thing we most desire? Are you just too good to be true for us? Open our hearts to receive you. Open us to be changed by an encounter with you. Open us to not only receive love, but to live love. To be love. To love. Amen.
Prayer for January 8: Please pray with me. God of opportunities, you are amazing. Just because something is a certain way, doesn’t mean it has to remain that way forever. While your love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and peace are ever-present and offered, they come in many different ways. Your invitation to participate in the unfolding of your reign is ever fixed within us. While sin and brokenness seem to be in control, they aren’t. They can be washed away. What was broken can be fixed. Let those with eyes see – see possibilities. Let those with ears hear – hear your Good News of hope and promise. Let those with hearts and minds feel and think of ways to build up your kingdom. Open us to possibilities instead of being consumed and imprisoned by brokenness and sin. Amen.
Prayer for January 4: Please pray with me. God of mercy and justice, you give us so much – our very lives. Your creation yearns for you and your way. And at the same time, so many reject you and your ways thinking they know better than you. How silly! you reject a theology of winning – where we make winning into an idol to be sought after and sacrificed for. You reject a theology of winning that divides and separates people into us and them. You reject a theology of winning that is self-centered. Instead you offer mercy and justice – both of which we can not earn. They are yours, but you give them freely. Your mercy is a tender touch. Your justice is a cleansing river. Help us to seek your mercy and justice in the world. Strengthen us to share your mercy with all we encounter. Give us courage to expand your justice in our systems so that more people can encounter you and have changed lives. Amen.
Prayer for January 3: Please pray with me. God who is love, open our hearts to receive your love. Love is invitational, and you send us the invitation every day. Yet, why do we reject your invitational love? Why do we prefer to listen to the words and direction of fear, anger, division, politics, power, possessions, and winning? Why do we trust these things over you? We have seen too many times where these lead – death and destruction. Yet we keep listening? Do we think that we will end up differently when we embrace these things? Why? Do we doubt what you offer? Do we fear not being in control? Do we fear what we think we have to give up by being embraced in your love? What could possibly be better than the invitation of your love? Nothing. Ever. Radically reorient Lord. Reorient us towards your love, towards your invitation to love. Love is risky and vulnerable. It is dangerous. It is costly. But so are the things that this world offers. The difference is love doesn’t lie or distract us from what it costs. It is honest. It is open. It invites. It waits. Amen.