Prayer for February 21: please pray with me. God of time, we seek you out. There are many who read your Word and are besieged by fear. They see you as wrathful and desiring destruction. We are oriented towards death and destruction because of sin. But this is not the whole story – not even close. You promise to renew and restore at the culmination of time, not to destroy. You promise to transform and offer us hope because you are a God of life. Help us to accept this promise. And to live into it as well. Amen.
Prayer for February 20: Please pray with me. God of creation, you walk with us in the wilderness. You wander with us when we are lost. You traveled with the people of Israel as they journeyed in the wilderness for 40 years. You cast Jesus out into the wilderness where he spent 40 days facing temptation. Be with us in our time of wilderness. We feel lost, yet, this is temporary. Just as the Israelites came out of the wilderness into the promised land and just as Jesus came out of the wilderness to start his ministry, we know we will also come out of the wilderness where you want us to be. Give us patience to keep going through the wilderness until our journey is done. Amen.
Prayer for December 21: Please pray with me. God of Light, in the Northern Hemisphere we will experience darkness today – it is the shortest day of the year. Let your light shine in the darkness. Let your light of love, peace, joy, hope, forgiveness, and grace shine bright. Your light is needed Lord. When light shines, the darkness can not over come it. Let us be your instruments of light too Lord. Because you have shined your light into our lives, let us reflect that light to others. Let us be instruments of love, peace, joy, hope, forgiveness, and grace to those around us. And in so doing, let the light not only outshine the darkness, but change it. Amen.
Prayer for July 5: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we ask that you sweep over the land and water and refresh creation. We haven’t been good stewards of creation Lord. Forgive us for our lust to get as much as we can out of the earth. Help us to see that good stewardship means taking care of what is not ours and using it responsibly. Amen.
Prayer for June 8: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we thank you for creation. We thank you that we can enjoy your creation. Give us wisdom to be good stewards of creation so that creation can be enjoyed by future generations. Amen.
Prayer for May 5: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we give you thanks for your creation and that we are blessed to enjoy it. Help us to be good stewards of your creation – knowing that it is not ours, but rather we are caretakers of it. Help us to see clearly your vision for creation in Revelation 21 – that you will return and abide with us here, not be swept off to somewhere else. When you made creation you said it was good. In Revelation you reveal that you will be returning to that good creation. We wait in hopeful anticipation of your return to us. Amen.
Prayer for March 21: Please pray with me. God of the seasons, today we thank you for the change in the seasons from Winter to Spring. As Spring dawns upon us, open our eyes to see the new life that will sprout forth. Open our hearts to the new life you give us. And open our arms to embrace those around us who remain in the dead of winter in their lives. Amen.
Prayer for March 14: Please pray with me. God of creation, we are reminded yet again that we are not in control of your creation. Rather we are stewards of it. Yet, even as stewards, we don’t control it. Creation is yours. You call on us to care for it. Help us do that. We also ask that you protect all those who suffer from nature and its wrath in the form of blizzards. Be with all those who must work in the midst of the storm – emergency personnel, electrical line workers, police, firefighters, those who treat and clear the roads, news organizations and so many more – we ask that you keep them safe. Amen.
Prayer for February 24: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we pray for your creation. Guide us in the way of being faithful stewards of your creation. Remind us that all that is, is yours. Even the things that we think we have earned and that we think we deserve – yup, they are yours too. Make us good stewards of all that you give us, so that we can hand it on to the next generation of your stewards. Amen.
Prayer for February 7: Please pray with me. God who is master of all, today we pray that we would recognize that we are your creation, we are not really in control, and that our job is not to control others or creation, but to be stewards. Take our desire for power and control and use it to change us into wanting to care for creation and others around us. Amen.