Prayer for July 31: Please pray with me. God whose kingdom reigns over all, we are told that the kingdom of heaven is like a ravaging weed that takes over a field. We like to hear that, but do we really? We want to jump up and down and cheer when we hear that God’s kingdom is taking over and taking down the powerful and oppressive. We love to hear this. But do we really realize that this change also applies to us and our lives? How scary is that Lord? You want to take over all aspects of our life? You won’t settle for portions that we select? You want it all? But, but, but…The kingdom of heaven isn’t interested in selective voluntary portion control. God wants the whole kit and caboodle. Help us in our fear of what this means for our lives. Help us to let go of controlling parts of our lives that we desperately want to hold onto. Remind us that you have much better plans in store for us. Help us to let go of control and to be embraced by you so that we can in turn embrace others. Amen.