Prayer for October 20: Please pray with me. God of welcome, you call to us to communicate your message of Good News to many around us. So many walk in the darkness of this world. Yet, your message is a light to the world. Open our eyes to see those around us that need to hear your message. Open our arms to welcome those who need to be accompanied. Open our ears to hear the stories of the lives we connect with. Open our hearts to welcome people – as they are, not to change them into us. Open our minds, and tear down our defenses that try to make others conform to us. Help us to know that every time someone new enters our community, the community changes. Amen.
Prayer for October 19: Please pray with me. Stewarding God, shape us into good stewards – those that care for your creation, those that steward the resources you give to each of us, those that are called to leadership. Stewardship isn’t only about protecting what we have. Instead, you call us to something more radical – taking what you give us and multiplying it for the glory of God’s kingdom. That tells us that we need to not only preserve and conserve the resources your give us, but expand what you give us. Open our eyes to see this is true not only for creation, but also our health, the finances of our worshiping communities, how we serve our neighbors, and more. Amen.
Prayer for October 18: Please pray with me. God of our future, today we lift up our futures. So often we see images of a not-so-bright future based on our present. It’s easy to get sucked into a cloud of darkness. There is a great deal of negativity and gloom around us. Yet, you offer an alternative – a message filled with hope, mercy, forgiveness, peace. You offer us something unthinkable – to walk with us in the dark places of our lives and to be a light that shines in the darkness. We walk on a path that leads to places that we have no idea about. And you walk right along side of us. Help us to be vulnerable, to build trust and to be trusting. Open our hearts to respond to your call for us. Amen.
Prayer for October 17: Please pray with me. Renewing God, we ask that you renew our lives. Renew our worshiping communities. Renew our leaders and institutions. Renew our planet. But what is renewal God. What is it that we are actually asking for? In renewal we are asking for your holy presence in our lives. In your presence, that which is unholy will be washed clean and made new again. A fresh start. Renewal doesn’t come by focusing on what we don’t want. It comes by seeing the vision of what is possible and moving towards it. Give us this fresh start Lord. Amen.
Prayer for October 16: Please pray with me. God of the stressed, today we ask that you walk with the stressed of our world. They need you Lord. They need to be heard. They need to have weight taken off of their shoulders. They need rest. They need time alone to recover and catch up. They need so much. Turn them to also seeing that they can’t face stress alone or else they will break. Turn them to asking for help. Turn them to allowing others to help them. Turn them and us Lord to you. Amen.
Prayer for October 13: Please pray with me. God of struggle, today we pray for strength. Actually, if we are honest with you and ourselves, we would be praying for weakness. We’d pray that you would open our eyes so that we could see that we are trying too hard, exhausting ourselves in the process. We don’t need strength God, we need to be stripped of our strength so that we sit in utter weakness and can then recognize how we need you and others around us. Amen.
Prayer for October 12: Please pray with me. God of grace, today we ask for an extra dose of grace. We need it Lord. There are so many of us humans who are extremely judgemental. How did we to be this way? There are so many humans who are quick to point out the flaws and errors of other humans. How did we get this way? More importantly, will it always be this way? Please help us Lord – remove the judgementalism and the eye for flaws and errors. These are a disease and virus on our souls. They are not life-giving, but crushing. Instead, give us hearts of grace, mercy, and peace. Yes, especially to those that are most judgmental. Please. Amen.