Prayer for October 4: Please pray with me. God of the universe, you have to be laughing. You have got to be laughing at humanity and our ridiculous attempts to control things here on earth. That works out so well so often doesn’t it? Lord help us, for our own sake. Strip us of our egos that make us think we know all the answers. Open our hearts to recognize that the game of politics and partisanship is something in which no one wins in the end. Instead, radically reorient us to a different way of living and being Lord. A way of life in which we care for our neighbors, regardless of who they are. A way of life in which we care for creation, so that it will be around for future generations. A way of life in which we empower people rather than enslave them or make them dependent on our political systems that seek to consolidate power for its own sake. Help us to see and know how ridiculous our power struggles are, and how dangerous and damaging they are to people. Amen.
Prayer for July 4: Please pray with me. God of the nations, today in the US we celebrate our political independence and freedom. We thank you for this. We also thank you for our spiritual freedom that only you can give. Help us to see that we are free – free to serve you and our neighbors. Amen.
Prayer for June 30: Please pray with me. God of the nations, today we pray to you – the true God. Help us to see that you are God, and that all human-made things are not. Help us to see that often you and your will differ from our nations and cultures, our leaders and politicians, our interactions and designations of friend and foe – and you have been far different from all of these things for many generations. You aren’t a god of one party or the other, of this nation or that one, but as you tell us in Galatians 3:28 – “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, not is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Amen.
Prayer for May 29: Please pray with me. God who mourns, today in the US is Memorial Day – a day when we remember the sacrifice given by brave men and women in defense of freedom in this land. We pray for a day when men and women won’t have to lose their lives in war. We pray for peacemakers, that their work will move us to a day and time when war will cease. Amen.
Prayer for March 16: Please pray with me. God of the nations, today we pray for the nations of the world – that their leaders would be peacemakers, ending conflict where they can. Give them wisdom. And touch the lives of people everywhere to live your call to serve one another as neighbors. Amen.
Prayer for March 15: Please pray with me. Long ago, it was written for a certain leader to beware the Ides of March. And death came. Why oh Lord, do we strive for power – to obtain it, to keep it from others, to use it to the detriment of others. Hoarding power leads to fights and ultimately death. Forgive us when we seek power and our own kingdom as opposed to seeking your kingdom. Amen.
Prayer for February 22: Please pray with me. God who brings order out of chaos, touch our land and our leaders in ways that calm the anxiety our world suffers from. Help leaders to know that peace comes through daily attention to peace. Give wisdom to our leaders so that they may implement policies that care for the least among us. Amen.