Prayer for September 11, 2019: Please pray with me. God of righteousness, you are a God of relationship. You are a God who seeks righteousness – right relationship. Forgive us for our broken relationships with you, with others, with ourselves, and with the rest of creation. Radically reorient us towards right relationship. Heal us. Move us. Open us. Amen.
Prayer for September 10: Please pray with me. God of Good News, we are desperate for good news. The world insists on throwing lots of information at us. The world prefers we feel overwhelmed and hopeless. But you offer news that is hope-filled. You offer news of grace and mercy. You offer real news. Amen.
Prayer for September 9: Please pray with me. God of justice, we call out to you. We lament when people fall prey to injustice. We cry out when people are trapped. We ask, “how long, O Lord?” Come to the aid of your people. Come to the aid of those who seek justice. You are a God of justice – a God who seeks to right the wrongs of this world. There are plenty. We implore you God. Amen.
Prayer for September 5: Please pray with me. God who isn’t easy, give us what we need to follow you. What you tell us is not always what we want to hear. What you tell us isn’t what we want to believe. What you tell us is not what we want for our lives. No, we would rather try to be in control. But that never works out well. Only you have the words of eternal life. Only you have the way to live. Only you have what is needed – love, forgiveness, mercy, grace. Amen.
Prayer for September 4: Please pray with me. God of our hearts, you monitor out hearts. You aren’t looking at our heart health for the beats and rhythms. You look at our heart health to see how we are loving, caring, forgiving, welcoming. You are concerned with the state of our heart – because it is at the heart of discipleship. Our heart health is a sign of what kind of follower we are of you. Heal our hearts so that we can follow you. Amen.
Prayer for September 3: Please pray with me. God who pushes forward, give us the courage to keep moving forward. We face bad odds in terms of numbers. We face loud mouths and hard hearts. We face obstacles. We face those who want nothing better than to see us fail. In spite of that, we know the real odds. Give us the energy we need to push forward. Give us ears to hear and focus on what is really important. Give us eyes to see the goal. Give us the determination to press forward. Give us what we need to live as disciples. Amen.
Prayer for August 29: Please pray with me. God who creates, create in me a clean heart. Create in our society mercy. Create in our nation an openness to ideas and people. Create in me a space for forgiveness. Create in our community a space for welcome. Create in our nation a space for listening. Create in me a drive to change the world around me to be in alignment with your kingdom. Create in our community a wave of compassion. Create in our nation vision to see the image of God in others. Amen.