Prayer for November 15: Please pray with me. God who is in control, help us to see that we are not in control. Help us to see that we are the creation, and you are the creator. Help us to see that when attempt to exert more control, it usually doesn’t go as we hope or plan. Help us to see that we can not control our way into salvation. We can not control our way into your loving embrace. We can not control our way into love at all. We can only embrace it and be embraced by it. You are in control, but you are not a control freak. Help us to imitate you in this. Amen.
Prayer for November 14: Please pray with me. God of truth, you come to us with your truth – the only truth that matters. Truth is an interesting thing. Too often we think that our beliefs are the truth. We think that our opinions have the weight of truth. We think that we can alter reality to match up with our own version of truth. But that’s not how it works. Only you can speak something into existence. Only you can say how reality should change. We are not you. Open us to be embraced by your truth. Amen.
Prayer for November 5: Please pray with me. God who liberates, set us free from the empires of our world. Empires show up in many different forms – not just nations and militaries. Empires conquer, exploit, oppress, kill, and destroy. How many people have suffered at the hands of empires in our world, in our nation, our communities, our churches, and our lives? Too many. You are a God who judges empires for what they are – idols and false gods. Liberate us from the empires that seek to enslave, exploit, and oppress. Set us free from the desire to support empires with their false promises of peace, prosperity, and salvation. Empires can’t save us. Empires don’t know what true peace is. Empires aren’t interested in ensuring that people thrive. Empires care about one thing – accumulating power. Set us free from the empires of the world. Amen.
Prayer for November 4: Please pray with me. God of Truth, have mercy on us. Too often we dismiss your Truth because it doesn’t align with what we want and what we think we need. It doesn’t match up with our politics. It doesn’t match up with how we treat people – those close to us, strangers, and enemies. It doesn’t match up with how we view money. It doesn’t match up with our self-centeredness. It doesn’t match up with our desire to consume more and more, and accumulate more and more. It doesn’t match up with us. And that’s the problem – we think we are the center of the universe in which everything else, including You, have to match up with us. How wrong we are. Radically reorient us so that we can be open to receive forgiveness for this. Radically reorient us so that we can receive your grace and love. Radically reorient us so that we can participate in the unfolding of your kingdom here, now. Amen.
Prayer for October 31: Please pray with me. God of reformation and transformation. God of wisdom and justice. We cry out to you this day. It is a day of many things. Today we remember how you continually reform your church, in spite of the opposition from those in charge of it and those that insist on maintaining the status quo – no matter how unjust the systems of the church may be at times. Today we celebrate Halloween in the US and ask for safety for all those who participate and a softening of hearts of those who try to make kids grow up and squash their imaginations and fun. Today we pray that wisdom, justice, and truth might prevail as the US House of Representatives votes on a resolution for the rules of the Impeachment process. Lord, there are many other things that we lift up to you – oh so many. We pray for those experiencing poverty and homelessness. We pray for those experiencing brokenness in relationships. We pray for peace – your peace. We pray that those who are hungry may be fed. We pray that those who need clothes get them. We pray that we have the courage to welcome the stranger. We pray for the sick. We pray for those in bondage. It’s all in your hands. Use us as instruments of you will, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and peace to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom right here and right now. We need this Lord. We need you. Amen.
Prayer for October 25: Please pray with me. God who rules the earth, help us to see that we are not in charge. You call on us to be stewards of your creation. But being a steward is not the same as owning the place. You call on us to care for creation. But how does that happen when we seem more concerned with extracting every last drop of resources out of the earth for a profit? Empty our thirst and desire to exploit the earth for our own convenience without thinking about the consequences. Turn us to be considerate caretakers of your creation so that future generations may also enjoy your creation. Amen.
Prayer for October 24: Please pray with me. God of glory, you glorify creation just by being you. You rule over creation. We are a part of that creation, but often we forget that. We think we are separate and different. you must be laughing at that notion. How else do we explain the desire to have other humans rule over us? Open us to new ways of being – your ways. Open us to living in accordance with your ways. Make us instruments of peace. Amen.