Prayer for July 19: Please pray with me. God who gives us value, remind us that our value comes from you. You made us in your image and because of that, we have value and worth. So many have trouble seeing your image in themselves. So many have had their vision blurred by others who devalue them through their words and actions. But open our eyes and our hearts to see the value you place on each of us, and on others. Amen.
Prayer for July 18: Please pray with me. God of the simple and the complex, you call us into community to worship you. And that’s easy, and complicated. The act itself is easy, but because people are involved, it gets complicated. Forgive us when we focus on things that really don’t matter. Lighten us up. Loosen our grasp on trying to control you and others. Help us to keep faith simple. Help us to live it out. Amen.
Prayer for July 16: Please pray with me. God of the stranger, the foreigner, the immigrant, the outcast, the poor, turn us. Over and over and over throughout Scripture you tell us to treat each of these with justice and care. You tell us over and over and over again that you defend these precious ones. But our hearts are hard. We make excuses as to why we can turn away the stranger, push away the outcast, exploit and oppress the poor. Forgive us. Turn us. Make us realize that it is sin that makes us a stranger to you, an outcast in your presence, poor in your sight. Yet, in spite of what we deserve according to the Law, you treat us with grace and mercy. Let us go and do likewise to others – to be merciful as you are merciful to us, to be graceful as you have provided us with grace. Amen.
Prayer for July 15: Please pray with me. God of repentance, hear our cry. We lament. We lament our brokenness. We lament the death of trust. We lament over the treatment of people. We lament over exploitation. We lament over the poor stewardship of the earth. We lament. Help us to repent. Turn us. Turn us to see where we are, and where we can go so that we a new path can be blazed. Turn us to open our imaginations to seeing the possibilities of a new world and a new way of living. Turn us. Reorient us. Transform us. And set us free. Amen.
Prayer for July 11: Please pray with me. God who listens, hear us. Then open our hearts to hear what you are telling us in response. You are a God who listens to us. We hear story after story in your Scripture of people calling out to you and you listening and responding. Sometimes it is not on our preferred schedule. And that can be frustrating. But that is a reminder that we are not in charge. But the mere fact that the creator of the universe listens to creation is amazing. Thank you for listening to us. For having patience with us. For forgiving us. Help us to be more like you in this. Amen.
Prayer for July 10: Please pray with me. God of community, too often we follow the maxim of rugged individualism – a belief that we are an island, set apart. But you are a God of community. For Christians we see this displayed in the Trinity. You, Holy One, are all powerful and able to do anything, yet you live in community. We aren’t rugged individuals, we are social creatures that need to be a part of community. Alone, we are lost. In community, we experience love, care, mercy. Amen.
Prayer for July 9: Please pray with me. God of enough, help us in our unbelief. We think we need more. We believe that our identity comes in producing more. We believe that we get value in what we consume and what we possess. How wrong we are. These things do not make us who we are. They blind us from our true identity as your children. But why do we trade in being a part of your family for something that passes, something that is empty? Why? In what world does this make any sense? Forgive us when we reject the invitation to be a part of your family. Right our paths so that they lead towards you. Amen.