Prayer for February 22: Please pray with me. God of faith, come to us. Fill us with your faith. Faith isn’t just something we believe, something that is a private matter. What good is faith if it is only private and not lived out? It is garbage. We live out what it is we truly believe. If we fear foreigners, it is stems from a belief about how we are to treat strangers. If we desire to kill enemies, it stems from a belief about how we are to treat enemies. If we dehumanize and label those we disagree with over politics, it stems from a belief about how we are to treat political opponents. But you call us to live out a different belief system – one that is life-giving and expansive. You call on us to welcome the stranger, to love our enemies, to see the humanity in each person. These are not easy things to do. Let our actions and words be a window for ourselves and others to see into our true beliefs and who is really God in our life. Amen.