Prayer for January 30: Please pray with me. God of blessing, today we remember the Beatitudes – the counter cultural teachings of Jesus. In this sermon that Jesus gives, he lists all those who are blessed. Remind us that this message of blessing is far different than what the world blesses – the wealthy, the strong, the mighty, the ruthless, the conquerors. Today we are reminded that you bless us so we can be a blessing to others and we can bless others, not destroy them. Amen.