Prayer for June 20: Please pray with me. God of uncertainty, we float about in the storms of life. We desperately want security, safety, and to be in control. We think that is the highest value in life. But it is not. You don’t call us to safety, security, and control. You call us to something far different – risk, welcome, uncertainty. The prophets knew this well – this is why they tried to run from you. They knew that what you called them to was a calling of risk and uncertainty – a message of invitation. A radical message that many reject in favor of control over their own lives and the lives of others. Yet, you gave them faith to carry forward – to proclaim your radical message for the people to hear. And you did not abandon them. Give us the faith to live risky lives for the Gospel. To be uncomfortable and inconvenienced. To acknowledge how scared we are and to seek you – to know that we will not be alone or forgotten. Amen.
Prayer for May 29: Please pray with me. God who is all in – guide our paths and lives so that we may respond to you by being all in. All in is uncomfortable and inconvenient. All in means seeing the world different. All in means that our own privilege is ruined. All in is what you are all about. All throughout Scripture, you show us over and over again how all in you are for us and how all in you want us to be for you. Give us the courage to be all in – regardless of the cost. Amen.
Prayer for May 28: Please pray with me. God of life, you offer us life and invite us to participate in new life. There is great anger and fear in the world and oh how badly we feel we must respond in fear and anger. But you have a different way. Fear and anger only lead to death. Your ways are not our ways Lord. We can say this because so many refuse to even try your ways. We tell ourselves we will try love, peace, mercy, and grace when we get our acts together, when we correct one more person, when “those” people stop screwing things up. We put ourselves in the place of being the savior of the world. But that is not our role. You are the Savior of the world. And you call us to live a new life. A way of peace, mercy, grace, and forgiveness. It is not an easy path in our world. Yet, it is a path that gives us life. Thank you for this path. Redirect when we step off the path. Let us be instruments of your peace, grace, mercy, and love. Amen.
Prayer for May 23: Please pray with me. God of faith, you claim us. We are yours. This doesn’t mean that what you offer us is a set of suggestions that we can ignore. Instead, you claim us and call us to follow you. Where else are we to go? Only you have the words of eternal life. What else can compare? Nothing. Come into our lives and transform us. We want a miracle Lord. We need a miracle. We implore you – give the world peace like it has never known. Break the world’s loyalties and pursuits of power for its own sake. Instead, humble to proud, knock down those who flaunt their power and exploit others. Raise up the poor and powerless. Let your kingdom come. Make us instruments of your will. Amen.
Prayer for May 22: Please pray with me. God of transformation, you are a God who lays claim to us. You are not a God who offers suggestions, but rather, a God who wants the entire us. You want to change us and transform us. You want to bring new life out of us. And you are a jealous God. You don’t like to share with other gods that we have created. Remind us that our politics are not our true identity Lord. You are a God who is the foundation of our lives. Give us the courage to respond to your claims on our lives. Amen.
Prayer for May 16: Please pray with me. Blessed are you, Lord our God, king of the universe. We offer up our worship to you. And we recognize that not all worship you. There are many who worship the Empire and Caesar instead. They worship the power and might of the Empire and the strength of their Caesar. But this is not new – Empire and Caesar are old religions that you have faced throughout time, Holy One. We know where Empire and Caesar leads – to death and destruction. But you lead us ultimately to life – renewed life, transformed life, resurrected life. You call on us to die to self and all the things of this world – to die to the worship of Empire and Caesar. Radically reorient us towards you, so that we may know how you embrace us, O God of Love. You are God, we are not. Guide our paths and lead us to you. Amen.
Prayer for May 15: Please pray with me. Holy One, today we pray about control. We lie to ourselves in believing that we are in control of our lives – that we are the arbiters of what will happen to us and when. This is ridiculous. All we need to do is look around us and see how little control we have over our lives. But we fear not being in control Lord. We are afraid of not knowing what will happen. We are afraid and so we turn to things that off us a false sense of security, control, and knowing. Forgive us for turning to these things instead of you. Turn us towards you Lord – radically reorienting us to you – so that we can hear your message for us. A message that tells us that we are not alone. A message that says we don’t have to figure it out by ourselves. A message that says that we are loved in immeasurable way. Amen.