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 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 19: Please pray with me. God who invites the innocent in, forgive us when we judge and separate others. We so desperately want to claim the right to judge others – why? To make ourselves feel good, to cover our own sin and guilt? To hide the rejection we have felt or are feeling? Help us to identify with the others we would rather judge. Help us to see ourselves in them. Help us to see that there is no them at all. Amen.
Prayer for July 3: Please pray with me. God who loves, today we ask that our hearts and minds are touched by your unconditional love. Open our hearts and minds to seeing the humanity of others, especially those we consider our enemies. Because you offer us grace and mercy, turn our hearts to offer grace and mercy to others. Amen.
Prayer for June 27: Please pray with me. God of the cross, you call us to pick up our cross and follow you. Open our ears to hear how radical that call is. It’s not about bearing a burden or hardship. It’s not a first world problem either. It’s picking up the instrument that could kill us – all for your sake. To live in a Christ-like manner where we love our enemies and offer grace to those we disagree with – even bitterly. To live differently than what our culture clamors for – being right at all costs and trampling those in the way. Help up to have the courage to die to self, to die to culture, and to live the way you call us to live, so that more can experience true life. Amen.
Prayer for March 31: Please pray with me. God of all, today we pray for all people. We hear in Amos that you are the God of all, even those that many thought were their enemies. All peoples are yours Lord. You created them all. Forgive us when we separate people into those who are “in” and those who are “out.” Your ways are not our ways, and your thoughts are not our thoughts. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer for February 21: Please pray with me. God of grace, we learn that grace is not getting what we deserve, but rather, getting what we don’t deserve – your love, mercy, and forgiveness. Because you give us these things, turn us to go and love, to show mercy, and to offer forgiveness to all, even our enemies. Amen.