Prayer for July 20: Please pray with me. God of all, today we pray for something that might seem impossible – at least by human standards. We so desperately seek salvation – for ourselves, our family and friends, our communities, and our nation. We look in places that promise to save us from all sorts of evil and from enemies and opponents. We listen attentively to preachers of other gospels that promise that salvation will come when they have dispatched the “enemy.” We attach ourselves to a side in a fight in the hope that the rhetoric will be true. Yet, deep down, we know it is a lie and that the rhetoric is empty and that we will be disappointed yet again. Turn us Lord to you – the only real source of and the embodiment of salvation. The only one who’s words bring peace, forgiveness, love, and mercy. Transform us to be instruments of your peace, forgiveness, love, and mercy. Even, and especially, to those who are our enemies and to those who so desperately need to hear your message of hope. Amen.