Prayer for November 17: Please pray with me. God of abundance, today we ask that you touch out lives in ways that show your abundance to us. Turn our hearts to be open to the abundant love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness you give to us. Open our arms to receive the blessings of life you give to us each day. In receiving all things, remind us that it is you who give these to us and you call on us to go out and use these blessings to expand your kingdom. How truly blessed are we that you invite us to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. How truly blessed are we that you call on us, broken as we are, to respond to what you have given us first, by going out to give these same blessings to others. Thank you God. Amen.
Prayer for November 16: Please pray with me. God of abundance, today we ask that you open our hearts to seeing all the abundance that you have throughout creation. There is more than enough of everything that is needed Lord. Yet, so often, we doubt. We doubt that there is enough. Ultimately, we doubt that you know what you are doing. Forgive us of our doubt Lord, we are limited creatures. Fill our hearts with abundance that overflows so that we can touch others with abundance too. Amen.
Prayer for November 15: Please pray with me. God who comes to creation over and over, keep coming Lord. We are a bit slow on the learning curve God. You make a promise and keep it, and then we break our end of the bargain. And yet, you keep coming after us. Not to come and smite us because you are ticked off. Rather, you keep pursuing us over and over again because of your great love for us and all of creation. Thank you. We can’t even begin to comprehend this. All we can say is thank you. And that’s all that is needed. Amen.
Prayer for November 14: Please pray with me. God of language, who is the Word, we lift up those who need a word of Good News in their lives. We ask for a blessing for all who proclaim your Good News in places and with people who live in darkness in the world. Be a word of grace, mercy, and forgiveness to people who rarely experience these gifts. The world can be merciless and unforgiving, yet you offer an alternative Lord. Help the hearers of this Word to be open to hearing it for what it is – an invitation to restored relationship with you. Amen.
Prayer for November 13: Please pray with me. Holy One, today we lift up those who have suffered from violence against them. We especially pray for victims of sexual violence and abuse, manipulation, and from threats of violence. Give them the healing they need Lord – not just of their body, but rather, the whole person. We also lift up those who would harm others sexually. They are in your hands Lord. Amen.
Prayer for November 10: Please pray with me. God who calls us, today we pray that we might open our hearts to answer your call for our lives. Answering your call is not always easy Lord, but it is worth it. No, your goal isn’t to bless us with worldly things as if that which will pass away is worth much in the grand scheme of things. Rather, your goal is the restoration of creation and relationships. You have accomplished it all and the amazing thing is that you invite us to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. Help us to say Yes! to your call. Amen.
Prayer for November 9: Please pray with me. Holy Word, today we pray for those who enter into holy conversations – those times when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable with someone else and where you are present. These are sacred times in which we feel your presence, hear your words of hope, mercy, joy, and peace. Words matter Lord – and you know it. You are the ultimate Word. Words shape us and change us. If we didn’t believe this, then we wouldn’t be praying. Open our ears to hear your Word through the lips of those around us and to be the lips that proclaim boldly your loving and saving presence in a world that is in need of grace, mercy, peace, and forgiveness. Amen.