Prayer for September 19: Please pray with me. God who is great, come to us in a great way. If we are honest, we prefer the world’s definition of greatness – strength, prosperity, wealth, victory, power, attention, etc. We want that kind of greatness for ourselves and our nation. We desire to be great. Yet you have a different idea of what greatness is – to serve those who society doesn’t think are all that great. To take a step back. To follow you. While we are busy trying to make our bodies great again, our nation great again, our bank accounts great again, our sex drive great again, our careers and positions great again, our entertainment great again, you are shaking your head at us and wondering when we’ll get it. Greatness isn’t about a focus on ourselves and how great we are. It’s about emptying ourselves and serving others – empowering overs to rise up, to be reminded of their humanity and how they are made in the image of you. Let us abandon the world’s definition of greatness and embrace your definition. Amen.
Prayer for September 18: Please pray with me. God of truth, you are the truth. We are not. We often like to claim that we know the truth. Some love to wrap themselves in what they think is the truth. It makes us feel superior – closer to you. Yet, here’s the thing. We are broken people. Our relationship with you is broken. So is our relationship with ourselves, with others, and the rest of creation. Broken. Mend these relationships Lord. Only you can do that. And it isn’t through head knowledge. It’s by grace. It’s by encountering us. It’s by loving us. It’s by feeding us. When we are fed with these things, then you send us out to serve and proclaim your Good News to those around us – those that are broken, just like us. Amen.
Prayer for September 17: Please pray with me. God of grace, wash us with your grace. Too often we expect to receive from you, but make demands on others to earn respect and grace from us. Change our hearts and open our minds to embrace others around us. Help us to see that these others aren’t so different from us. Amen.
Prayer for September 14: Please pray with me. God of abundance, we delude ourselves into thinking we are limitless. Yet, we are very limited. We are limited in what we can do. And we are broken. No matter how good of a facade we put up, it can’t hide the real us from you. And often it can’t hide the real us from others either. Often, we are weak, but you are strong. You are a God of abundance. You are a God of limitlessness. You boggle our minds when we try to understand you. Be with us, guide us, and send us out – in spite of our limitations. Send us with our brokenness. It keeps us humble Lord, relying on you. Amen.
Prayer for September 13: Please pray with me. Gracious God, you must be very patient. How much bad theology is out there Lord? And it is usually the theology that gets spread the most too. Open our eyes to discern good theology from bad theology. Help us to see that theology that is divisive, destructive, and deadly is not good theology. Help us to know that you are a God of love, not a God who loves wrath and anger. Help us to see that we are not needed for your salvation to come about – you’re doing just fine in that department without us. Thank you for being patient with us. We seem to need many repeat failures to learn the lessons. Guide us and open us to learn. Amen.
Prayer for September 12: Please pray with me. God who calls us to live out our faith, we call on you. Too often our desire is to shackle and limit you. Forgive us for that. Our human nature is drawn towards control of you, to be you. That is our sinful nature. Yet, this is not what your intention is. You want to draw us in, yet, so often, we push you away. Soften us to pulled into you as a mother or father embraces their child. You call us to live our faith in a public manner. Oh how we wish we could just have faith be a private matter. But what use is faith if it doesn’t impact the world? What good is a faith that demands no change from us or the world? What good is faith if it doesn’t cause us to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom? It is worthless. And we know it. Give us faith that is worthy of your calling. Send us out to share that faith and to watch how your faith impacts and changes the world. Amen.
Prayer for September 11: Please pray with me. Holy God, guide our paths of governance – for our government, our institutions, our religious institutions, businesses, and other organizations. Let them work for the betterment of people and society, not the consolidation of power and the enhancement of the few. Set us to empower those who are disenfranchised. Help us to follow your example of empowering others. Guide our steps and move us forward in the participation of the unfolding of the Kingdom. Amen.