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.
Prayer for October 6: Please pray with me. Holy God, you are the one true God. Yet, so often we turn to idols – those things which we put our trust in. But really, how ridiculous is that? All of these things are human made and eventually will fade away. All these things which we put our hope for the future will disappear and be forgotten. Yet for some reason we think it makes sense to put our hope and faith in them. That’s crazy Lord! But it makes sense if we believe that history started when we were born and will end when we die. Yet, deep down we know this is not true. You cut across time and space well before we arrived and will be here well after we die. And you offer us a promise of hope, a promise of resurrection in a renewed and restored world. We’d be crazy not to trust this promise, Holy God. You always keep your promises. Open our hearts to embrace your promise of hope. Amen.
Prayer for September 13: Please pray with me. God who is love, today we ask that your love would spread over all of creation. Help us to see what that love is really about. And to experience your unending love for your creation. Lord, we were once your enemies because we had been turned away from you due to sin. You radically reorient us back to you. Help us to offer that same kind of love to others knowing that love draws us closer to one another. Amen.
Prayer for September 12: Please pray with me. God of the poor, today we pray for the poor and those in poverty – end their suffering. We also pray for those who work to end poverty – strengthen them. Help us to see a new way to dealing with poverty – by actually empowering people, tapping into their value as people, treating people as people, and expecting that life will improve. Help us to see that when you encounter people, their lives are changed. Help us to be a conduit for that to happen. Amen.
Prayer for September 6: Please pray with me. God of life, today we pray for all those who are facing death. Death sucks. Yet, it is inevitable for all of us. It is a part of what it means to be alive. But we know that death does not have the final say – you do, oh Lord. You have promised us resurrection and restoration. And you never fail to keep your word. In the moment of death, recall to our hearts and minds your words of assurance. Comfort those who are left behind in their loss. Give them the strength to take one day at a time and know they are not alone and their loved one is not forgotten. Amen.
Prayer for September 1: Please pray with me. God who is the Word, we pray that we would hear your word for what it is. We pray that we would not try to twist it to make it into something that it is not. Open our ears to hear the Law and Gospel that is present. Open our ears also to hear when the Bible is used as a tool to divide and condemn. Give us legs to run far away from this. Open our hearts to hear your word and take it in and in so doing, change who we are. Amen.