Prayer for August 14: Please pray with me. God of our heart, you tell us that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also. Oh how we would like to reverse this. We’d much rather believe that our economic practices come from our reasoning, rather than guiding what it is that we actually believe and value and trust. How we use the money we have declares to the world what and who we worship. Ouch. Open us to changing our economic practices to be in alignment with your will. Open us to using our money in ways facilitate the unfolding of your kingdom here on earth. Open us to using our money to care for the poor and the outcast. Open us to using our money in ways that do not exploit the earth. Open us to use our money in ways that show true worship of you. Amen.
Prayer for August 13: Please pray with me. God who still speaks, your Word is a refuge for us. It comforts the afflicted. It also afflicts the comfortable. Forgive us when we are the comfortable that need to be afflicted. Too often we turn your Good News into something like a weapon meant to crush our opponents, to hold in bondage those who are poor and oppressed. Your Good News frees those in bondage, is Good News for the poor, is welcome for the stranger, is healing for the sick, is satisfaction for those who hunger for justice. Let you Word work through us and change us so that we may participate in the unfolding of you kingdom in our midst. Amen.
Prayer for August 2: Please pray with me. God who encourages, be our strength when we grow weary. So often, following you can feel lonely. We are grateful for those times when we discover that we are not alone. We are refreshed and renewed by words of encouragement and gratitude. We are revived when we find others who are on the journey of faith. Keep us going. Amen.
Prayer for July 31: Please pray with me. God who comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable, be with your servants. Give courage to those who speak out against injustice and inhumanity. Give courage to those who proclaim your kingdom to a world that is more interested in it’s own kingdoms. Give courage to those who are theologians of the cross – those who call evil what it is. Give courage to those who refuse to have blurred vision and refuse to see the Imago Dei in each person. Give courage to those who ask uncomfortable questions and state inconvenient truths. Give courage to those who make a public witness for the oppressed, exploited, and afflicted. Give courage to those who speak out in opposition to racism and all beliefs that dehumanize and devalue people. Give courage. Let your will be done Lord. Give us the courage to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. Amen.
Prayer for July 26: Please pray with me. God who gives us ears to hear and eyes to see, open us to see what is going on. We are a people inclined to worship. You made us that way. Yet, too often this natural inclination is skewed and warped. We certainly worship – but the object of our worship is not you. Instead we end up worshiping our stuff, our beliefs, and other people. We look to politicians and parties for the creeds that we are to adopt. We look to entertainment and celebrities for how we are to live and love. We look to sports and war for how we are to interact. We look to social media for what we are to think about others. But too often we refuse to open your Word and we have plenty of excuses as to why we can’t or won’t. Forgive us Lord. We clearly don’t know what we are doing. You have the words of eternal life. You offer us much. Turn us towards you. Clear our vision and unclog our ears so that we can have eyes that see and ears that hear. Amen.
Prayer for July 25: Please pray with me. God who prepares a place for us, you are a God of home. You make a home for us – not a home that keeps us apart from people, but a home full of community and love. You prepare a place for us and call us to come home to you. You are a God of hospitality – way beyond our understanding of hospitality. Hospitality isn’t a transaction that happens at a hotel. It isn’t even inviting a dear friend into our homes. It is those things of course, but when it comes to God’s hospitality, it is far deeper. Hospitality touches on our very core – you made us in your image and likeness. Help us to live into that image and likeness in how we show hospitality to others. Amen.
Prayer for July 24: Please pray with me. God who is present, you make yourself known in many ways. As your followers, you call us out of private piety and into public witness – to make your message known to the nations. You tell us through Scripture that faith is not just a private matter – that it has an impact on the world. When we gather to worship, we do so in community, publicly. When we witness to what it means to love, to show mercy, to move towards peace, we do so publicly. What is the point of a private faith that has no public impact? Send us out publicly Lord. Send us out in faith. Amen.