Prayer for March 13: Please pray with me. God of life, today we pray for those who are in the depths of death and hopelessness. It’s easy to fall into this Lord – we are bombarded with false gospel messages that proclaim death as victorious. Yet, you offer an alternative – a promise of hope and life. A promise of forgiveness and transformation. A promise that gives, rather than takes. A promise that differs from what the world offers and demands. The world proclaims that only the strong survive and you proclaim your preference for the poor and outcast. The world proclaims a gospel that demands allegiance to the god of war, but you proclaim a Gospel of peace. The world proclaims a gospel of us versus them, but you proclaim a Gospel that says that there is no them, that we are all yours. It’s time for the false messages of this world to die and be forgotten – they are worthless. Strengthen us to proclaim your Gospel to all around – to proclaim this message in our words, in our actions, in our relationships, in our social media posts, in our conversations. Amen.