Prayer for December 11: Please pray with me. God of the lost, today we pray for all who feel lost. We pray for all those who are confused. We pray for all who feel the world is upside down. You tell us that our salvation is in you, yet so many of your followers dismiss this in favor of putting their salvation in so many other things – politicians, political parties, nations, weapons, ideologies, work, exercise, drugs, alcohol, sex, entertainment, and more. How long oh Lord? Why does this persist? What is it about humanity and our stubbornness in rejecting you? Why do we reject what you tell us – what you promise us? What could we possibly replace you and all that you offer with? something human-made? A mere mortal? All these things will fade away with a whimper or worse – a wail of regret. Yet, so many put their hope in what is mere dust. Where does our allegiance lie, Oh Lord? Our allegiance is in you. Yet, that seems so hard for so many – even those that call themselves your followers. Help us to look past this Holy One. Do not let us become disheartened. Where else could we possibly go? You have the words of eternal life. Thanks be to God. Amen.