Prayer for August 10: Please pray with me. Triune God, you are the very essence of community – three in one. You are a mystery that reveals yourself to us throughout history. In you we see what ideal community really is. Yet, how hard it is for us to live out community. So often our egos get in the way. Often our fears and worries and anxiety separates us from community. Far to often those in leadership and those that seek power raise anxiety levels and find ways to separate people rather than bring them together. Tear down the walls that divide us from our neighbors. Open the doors of our hearts to those that have been enemies. Remove the fences we place around ourselves that separate us from others. Take the blinders off of our eyes so that we can see that others around us – even those that are different from us because of skin color, nationality, language, economic level, educational level, and more – have value and are a valued part of our community. Together we fare far better than alone. Amen.
Prayer for August 7: Please pray with me. God of the hungry, feed us. We heard in yesterday’s Gospel story that Jesus went to a desolate place – a place where there was no life and nothing of value. Yet, when he showed up, people came, people were healed, and people were fed – both their stomachs and their spirits. There are so many who hunger for so many things Lord. There are many who hunger for food, hunger for love, hunger for mercy, hunger for forgiveness, hunger for community. Feed us to overflowing in all of these things. And in so doing, make us your instruments so that we can go out and feed the hungry around us through your abundance. Amen.
Prayer for July 28: Please pray with me. God of silence, today we ask for a moment of silence. We live in a world of constant noise and distraction. Silence, when we experience it, often feels unnatural. Yet, it is really often the only thing that makes much sense. Silence our minds and hearts today Lord, even if only for a moment in time. Silence our technology and gadgets. In the space of that moment of silence, open our hearts, our ears, and our eyes to hear and see you – to hear your calling for us and to see how you encounter us. And in hearing and seeing you and your call, open our hearts to being changed by you. Then, prepare us to re-enter the noise and distraction – renewed, refreshed, and ready to go. Ready to touch lives, to share good news, to carry out your call for us in this world. Amen.
Prayer for July 24: Please pray with me. God of the unexpected, today we ask that you surprise us. Open our eyes to see and our ears to hear your Word anew. Help us to hear your word of grace and love for those around us – friend and foe. Help us to see the humanity of those around us. Remind us that our job is not to judge and force others to be like us and adopt our version of “right.” Instead our job is to respond to the grace and love you give us by being wheat in the midst of weeds – to live differently, to proactively live out the kingdom, to forgive, to love, to care, to be peacemakers. Amen
Prayer for July 21: Please pray with me. Infinite God who never ends, today we pray for all in need – need of resources, need of health, need of food and water, need of medication, need of company, need of work, need of relationship, need of repair, need of money, need of cool, need of warmth, need of shelter. There are so many needs Lord – sometimes it feels so overwhelming and exhausting. Provide for those in need. Give courage and strength to those to can provide so they don’t wear out. Help us to use the resources you have entrusted us with for your glory and to assist those in need. Amen.
Prayer for July 17: Please pray with me. God who sows Good News, spread the invitation to be a part of your family far and wide. You call on us to be your hands and feet and to also spread Good News to many. May your Spirit work through us to share Good News with the poor – telling them that their worth is not found in what they possess, but by whose they are. Work through us to share Good New with the sick – telling them that healing is on the way. Give us seeds of Good News to those that are bound by fear, addiction, or other restrictions – telling them that they will be set free. Give us strength in our arms when we spread seeds of Good News to the outcast and the “other” of our cultures and societies – telling them that they are part of God’s family. Your invitation is a message that tells us that you, Oh God, love us and care about us. When your seed hits our lives, it changes us, makes the wheat of your message grow within us, so that the seed of this Good News may be spread to others so that they may know that God loves them and cares for them and so do we. Amen.
Prayer for June 5: Please pray with me. Holy Spirit, light the fire of faith within us. If need be, light a fire beneath us to get us moving and carrying out your will. You have called us and changed us, help us to respond to your movement in our lives with movement to love and care for others. Amen.