Prayer for April 24: Please pray with me. God who is the model shepherd, we lift up your lost sheep. Open our eyes to see the lost sheep among us. Open our ears to hear them when they call for help. Open our hearts to do what we can to help. Strengthen our legs to walk with them so they know they are not alone. Open our lips that words of grace, love, and hope may be expressed to them. Warm our hands that they may experience a humble and loving touch in our embrace of these sheep. Give us endurance to keep going as we answer your call to participate in the unfolding of the kingdom of God. Close our eyes and ears to false gospel messages that proclaim that we are the center of the universe, that greatness is found in might and material success. These messages are empty Lord. They flee from us when the times get tough. But you stick around. Amen.