Prayer for October 15: Please pray for me. God who reigns, overthrow the empires of the world. Empires exploit, oppress, kill, and destroy. Empires believe they are god. They believe they are the center of all life. But really they are nothing more than the embodiment of sin and death. Your kingdom is not an empire. your kingdom is based on far different priorities Lord. You call on us to love you and to love our neighbor. You call on us to show mercy, offer forgiveness, to care for each other, to welcome strangers, to feed the hungry, to release the captive. Your kingdom isn’t interested in conquering people and land, but rather in expanding to free people from empires and their ways. Amen.