Prayer for November 20: Please pray with me. God of life, come to us. Actually, Lord, open our eyes and ears to see and hear that you constant come to us. That hasn’t changed ever. Yet, so often we reject you and your love. Why? Are we like Adam and Eve in the Garden – a desire to control our lives apart from you? Why? Why do we insist on this when we have seen what life without you really is. Purge this desire from us. You are love and love is invitational. You extend the invitation more often than we know. Work through us to be embraced by you. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer for November 16: Please pray with me. God of all, today we lift up the peoples of the world. We lift up the leaders of nations. We ask that they may hear you and your cry for peace. We pray for soldiers – keep them safe and out of harms way. We pray that leaders may move nations away from conflict and harm. We pray for civilians – that they may live out their vocations too in health. We pray for people of all professions and vocations. Guide them in their daily activities and relationships. Amen.
Prayer for November 15: Please pray with me. Holy one, you come to us, yet often we prefer you to stay arms length away. We want you close, just not too close. If you get too close, then we would have to change our ways, our language, our beliefs, our politics, our use of money, and more. That’s really uncomfortable Lord. That would mean you would be lord of our lives. As independent people, we don’t want to give us the perception of control over our lives – even though it is really false. Forgive us when we push you away. Open our hearts and minds to be embraced by you, to follow you. Amen.
Prayer for November 14: Please pray with me. God of our homes, we lift up all those who have no place to call home. There are many who survive in amazing ways – humans are very resilient. We lift up those who do not have a sheltered place, who live in their vehicles, who live in motels, who crash on friends and relatives couches, who sleep at their workplace, who find a warm place they know nothing about, and more. You know these stories well. Jesus said “…but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” You are a God of the homeless. You are a God of the transient. You are a God of the outcast and the outsider. You are a God of the poor. You are a God of those without. Open us to see you in these people. Open our hearts to embrace them as you embrace us. Eradicate homelessness in our midst. Amen.
Prayer for November 9: Please pray with me. Holy One, help us. Today we pray a difficult prayer – we pray for our enemies. Not because they are praying for us. Not because they deserve it. We pray for our enemies because they need prayer and so do we. We pray for our enemies because we know, deep down, that answering violence with violence will never work. We pray for our enemies because you call on us to do this and we want to be faithful followers. This is not easy. We would rather not pray for our enemies, but rather prey on them. We would rather label them and call them names, dehumanize and demonize them – the same things they do to us. We are threatened by them. We are afraid. We are angry. Open our eyes Lord to see you in our enemies. Open our hearts to see you in our enemies. Open us to knowing that when it comes down to it, there is no them. Forgive us. Forgive our enemies. Amen.
Prayer for November 6: Please pray with me. God of the nations, in Psalm 146 you tell us “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.” Yet, we seem to ignore this with bold abandon. On this election day, we pray that we would look to you. Give us wisdom in our voting. Give us ears to hear your justice and to hear the injustice in the world. Give us eyes to see through the false promises and fearful rhetoric so that we might be inclined towards your vision for the world. Give us hearts that are full of grace, mercy, forgiveness, kindness, compassion towards the poor and outcast of this world. Give us peaceful rest in the evening, so that when we awake on Wednesday, we many continue to be your followers, living out your call for our lives. Let you light so shine in our lives that we become a light to the nations, Good News to the poor, life to hopeless. Amen.
Prayer for November 5: Please pray with me. Holy One, open our eyes to see through the lens you give us – faith. Open our eyes to see you in the other – both our neighbors that we love and the enemies that we struggle with and even hate or hate us. Open our eyes to see the world the way you see it. Open our eyes to see the injustice, fear, hate, and anxiety that is spread through our land like a disease. Open our eyes to see how unnecessary it is. And when you are done opening our eyes to see all of this – open our hearts, soften them. Open our hearts to be embraced by you. Open our hearts to encounter you. Open our hands to feed the hungry and thirsty. Open our hands to clothe the naked. Open our hands to welcome the stranger. Open our hands to comfort the sick. Open our hands to pray for our enemies. Open us Lord. Tear down the walls that we build to separate ourselves from others and you. Open us. Amen.