Prayer for December 11: Please pray with me. God of the lost, today we pray for all who feel lost. We pray for all those who are confused. We pray for all who feel the world is upside down. You tell us that our salvation is in you, yet so many of your followers dismiss this in favor of putting their salvation in so many other things – politicians, political parties, nations, weapons, ideologies, work, exercise, drugs, alcohol, sex, entertainment, and more. How long oh Lord? Why does this persist? What is it about humanity and our stubbornness in rejecting you? Why do we reject what you tell us – what you promise us? What could we possibly replace you and all that you offer with? something human-made? A mere mortal? All these things will fade away with a whimper or worse – a wail of regret. Yet, so many put their hope in what is mere dust. Where does our allegiance lie, Oh Lord? Our allegiance is in you. Yet, that seems so hard for so many – even those that call themselves your followers. Help us to look past this Holy One. Do not let us become disheartened. Where else could we possibly go? You have the words of eternal life. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Prayer for December 6: Please pray with me. God of the nations, today we lift up a small nation – Finland. We don’t often pray for other nations Lord, except when tragedy strikes. But today, we’re lifting up Finland. As Finland celebrates its independence in solemn gestures, let us remember how you have freed us from sin and have conquered death. Sin and death do not have the final say – we are free from these things. We thank you for that Finland has given the world – artists and composers, sauna, culture and capacity to travel, humbleness, a difficult language, a warm people, beautiful nature, reindeer, snow, and so much more. Continue to bless Finland and in so doing, let it be a blessing for all the world. Amen.
Prayer for November 17: Please pray with me. God of abundance, today we ask that you touch out lives in ways that show your abundance to us. Turn our hearts to be open to the abundant love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness you give to us. Open our arms to receive the blessings of life you give to us each day. In receiving all things, remind us that it is you who give these to us and you call on us to go out and use these blessings to expand your kingdom. How truly blessed are we that you invite us to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. How truly blessed are we that you call on us, broken as we are, to respond to what you have given us first, by going out to give these same blessings to others. Thank you God. Amen.
Prayer for November 15: Please pray with me. God who comes to creation over and over, keep coming Lord. We are a bit slow on the learning curve God. You make a promise and keep it, and then we break our end of the bargain. And yet, you keep coming after us. Not to come and smite us because you are ticked off. Rather, you keep pursuing us over and over again because of your great love for us and all of creation. Thank you. We can’t even begin to comprehend this. All we can say is thank you. And that’s all that is needed. Amen.
Prayer for November 7: Please pray with me. God of the unexpected, today we pray that you take our expectations for your kingdom and you shake them to their core. If we have become comfortable with the label of child of God, shake us out of our slumber. If we fear the label, calm our fears. Lord, we ask that you instill in us faith so that we can respond in trust – trust that what you say is true, trust that your kingdom is unfolding. For too long we have held expectations about you and what you do in the world that are rather small. Yet, you are the creator of everything. Radically reorient our expectations Holy One to expect amazing things. You are not the God of mediocrity, but rather the God of amazingness. Encounter us, as you have encountered creation before, and raise our expectations high. And in so raising our expectations, call us to go out to proclaim boldly your Good News and that you are alive and active – that you are renewing creation and restoring broken relationships. May we expect to have our lives touched in amazing ways. And in so doing, let us being your hands that touch others’ lives. May we expect that your Word would be life for us. And in so doing, use our mouths and our fingers to be your Word to a world infatuated with death and brokenness. Do the unexpected God – be amazing. Amen.
Prayer for October 18: Please pray with me. God of our future, today we lift up our futures. So often we see images of a not-so-bright future based on our present. It’s easy to get sucked into a cloud of darkness. There is a great deal of negativity and gloom around us. Yet, you offer an alternative – a message filled with hope, mercy, forgiveness, peace. You offer us something unthinkable – to walk with us in the dark places of our lives and to be a light that shines in the darkness. We walk on a path that leads to places that we have no idea about. And you walk right along side of us. Help us to be vulnerable, to build trust and to be trusting. Open our hearts to respond to your call for us. Amen.
Prayer for October 17: Please pray with me. Renewing God, we ask that you renew our lives. Renew our worshiping communities. Renew our leaders and institutions. Renew our planet. But what is renewal God. What is it that we are actually asking for? In renewal we are asking for your holy presence in our lives. In your presence, that which is unholy will be washed clean and made new again. A fresh start. Renewal doesn’t come by focusing on what we don’t want. It comes by seeing the vision of what is possible and moving towards it. Give us this fresh start Lord. Amen.