Prayer for August 27: Please pray with me. God who calls us into relationship, open our ears to hear your call for us. Open us to receive you. Open us to follow you. Lord, we are a people who would rather be spectators. But that is not what you have in mind for us. You love us so much, you want to know us, be close to us, live with us, love us. You make yourself vulnerable with us so that true love can flourish. Open us to receive this and to embody it. Open us to follow you in living vulnerable with others so they may also know love. Amen.
Prayer for August 21: Please pray with me. God of faith, you give faith to many. We hear stories of this faith given to the patriarchs of old, to prophets, to disciples, to followers. What would we do without this faith? We would be lost. Thank you for the faith that you give us. Stir us to use this faith. Cause us to go from here to be a light to those in darkness. Move us to live out the faith that you give us. Amen.
Prayer for August 13: Please pray with me. God who calls us into action, move us. Don’t let us just hear your word, but rather, stir us to action – a response to what we hear from you Lord. Otherwise, we deceive ourselves. Being your follower means hearing your word and acting on it. Give us the courage to do just that. Amen.
Prayer for August 7: Please pray with me. God of the extra ordinary, trample the routineness of our lives – the mediocre, the routine. Rouse us from our sleepy routines in which we just travel through life without living it. Throw us off course with encounters that smash out lists of things to do. Encounter us in ways that impact our lives in real ways and cause us to question everything. Open our eyes and hearts to hearing your message so that our lives are changed. Amen.
Prayer for August 6: Please pray with me. Holy One, you sent people out in many ways. While you send us out, you also draw us in. You invite us to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. But why do you choose us Lord? How are we equipped enough to do this? Why us Lord? But I hear you say, “Child, it’s not that you are equipped enough. You’ll never know enough or have enough or be enough to do anything I ask you. Instead, it is that you’ll have to rely on me to get through it.” You send us out as we are. You give us what we need to complete the work. Amen.
Prayer for August 3: Please pray with me. God who comforts, there are many who are afflicted. Afflicted by disease, brokenness, financial strain, mental challenges, relationship struggles, and more. Some are afflicted by others too. We lift up the afflicted. Comfort them Lord as you promise you will in Psalm 23. We also dare to call on you to afflict the comfortable – rouse us from our rest and privilege. Make us uncomfortable enough to get up and get going. Make us uncomfortable enough to actually follow you and what you call us to do – not just claim to be a follower of yours. Claiming such a thing without the follow through is worthless. Drive us out to live out the life you call us to. Amen.
Prayer for August 2: Please pray with me. God who ends bondage, break the chains that keep us bound. Break the chains of others too. This isn’t just about our salvation, but about so much more. Without others chains being broken and people being set free, how are we truly free? You promise a vibrant community of faith Lord. Set us free from sin, from addictions, from poverty and homelessness. Set us free from our false identities. Set us free from anger and fear. Set us free from false beliefs. Set us free so that we may experience the fullness of life and proclaim this to others. Use us as tools that set others free. Amen.
Prayer for August 1: Please pray with me. God who comes to us, be with those who are without a home. You come to us in so many way. You come and send us out. You are a God who encounters us where we are. We ask that you encounter those who are homeless or who are living in places that are not homes – whether those places are shelters, motels, cars, vans, churches, benches, or other places. Let them know that they are not alone. That they are not forgotten. That there is hope. Use us Lord to touch these lives. To open our doors. To help where we can. Amen.
Prayer for July 27: Please pray with me. God of invitation, you do not stop inviting us. You invite us to mission – your mission. You invite us to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. You invite us to ministry. You invite us to discipleship. You invite us to resurrected life. Open our hearts to respond by saying yes. Open our heads to learn your ways and then to live them. Open our hands to do ministry. Thank you for the invitation. Amen.
Prayer for July 26: Please pray with me. God of love, you set for us an example of how to live. You show us the way. You lay claim to the process. You are not a God that believes that the ends justify the means. You care very much about the means, the way to the end. Just as good trees produce good fruit, you call us to good living to produce good fruit in our lives. Continue to show us the way, to invite us into a different way of living, being, and moving. Move us away from the failed ways of the world – ways that only lead to division, anger, fear, violence, war, and death. There is nothing special about these ways – they don’t work. Only your way works. Amen.