Prayer for April 18: Please pray with me. God of grace, come to our aid. Things happen, events occur. Yet we don’t understand. Things that we thought we eternal turn out to be fragile and limited. Oh how easily things break. Yet, you are there. In the midst of despair, you are there. In the midst of pain, you are there. In the midst of tragedy, you are there. After a fire, there is smoldering ash. The ash reminds us of our mortality – that all things come to an end. That is the cycle of life. Your message is a message of life, death, and resurrection. For us, for your church, for the world. We can’t truly know resurrection until we have gone through death. Walk with us through this. Amen.
Prayer for April 17: Please pray with me. God who surprises us, be with Christians this week as we celebrate Holy Week. This is a most holy time of the year. And the reality is that the message that is proclaimed by Jesus is often unpleasant. It conflicts with our desires and wants. It conflicts with our culture and values. It conflicts with our policies and politics. Jesus way is not the way of this world, no matter how loudly we proclaim that we are a “Christian” nation. Let this Holy Week be a wake up call for us – open our ears to hear the Gospel anew. Open our hearts to receive the message and change us to be in alignment with it’s message. Amen.
Prayer for April 16: Please pray with me. God of peace, today we ask that you come to us with your way of peace. The world prefers conflict, winners and losers, separation, division, degrading, insult, war, death, sin. The world is addicted to these ways of being. It doesn’t know any other way. It isn’t willing to try another way. So give us the courage to live another way – the way of peace. Give us the courage to live peaceably in the face of conflict. Give us the courage to respond to conflict with love and peace. Peace is easy when there is an absence of conflict. But peace is powerful when it is not just the response to conflict, but the way of being. Peace is powerful when conflict approaches peace and tries to insist that it is normal. Peace isn’t weakness. It is courageous. It is refusing to do things in a way that separates us from God and others. Give us the courage to live by way of peace. Amen.
Prayer for April 11: Please pray with me. God of the unexpected – surprise us. Ut-oh. Maybe we should be careful what we wish for. You are a God that does the unexpected, that shows up in unexpected way, that loves in unexpected ways. Too often we try to control you – or so we think we can. We put you in a box. How humorous! You cannot be contained. You are God, we are mere creations. We belong to you, not the other way around. Open us to be surprised by you. Open our eyes to see you in places and ways that we don’t expect. Help us to know that you are already there. Help us to understand that what is really surprising is that we would believe that you are limited. Amen.
Prayer for April 10: Please pray with me. Creator God, you are in the business of new life. You create new life. You create life out of nothing. How amazing. Too often we try to control this process. We stand in the way. We force you into a box and tell you how you need to work Lord. Forgive us. Open us to new possibilities – to new life. Amen.
Prayer for April 9: Please pray with me. God of love, you love those that are unlovable. It makes no sense to the world. Why would you do that? Probably because your ways are not our ways. Thank you for that. The world is better off doing things your way. If only the world would open its eyes and see. You promise that we will not be alone. Thank you. Too many in this world believe they are on their own. But they are not, even if they don’t recognize you. We are your children – your created ones. You walk with us. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer for April 5: Please pray with me. God of all goodness, you are a God who is good. Always. You promise to never leave us alone. You come to us and stay with us. You bless the poor in our midst – not in the way the world thinks of blessing, but in your way. Bless the outcasts of the world – the poor, the homeless, those who need extra attention, those with mental challenges, and more. Amen.