Prayer for August 13: Please pray with me. God who still speaks, your Word is a refuge for us. It comforts the afflicted. It also afflicts the comfortable. Forgive us when we are the comfortable that need to be afflicted. Too often we turn your Good News into something like a weapon meant to crush our opponents, to hold in bondage those who are poor and oppressed. Your Good News frees those in bondage, is Good News for the poor, is welcome for the stranger, is healing for the sick, is satisfaction for those who hunger for justice. Let you Word work through us and change us so that we may participate in the unfolding of you kingdom in our midst. Amen.