Prayer for June 20: Please pray with me. God of uncertainty, we float about in the storms of life. We desperately want security, safety, and to be in control. We think that is the highest value in life. But it is not. You don’t call us to safety, security, and control. You call us to something far different – risk, welcome, uncertainty. The prophets knew this well – this is why they tried to run from you. They knew that what you called them to was a calling of risk and uncertainty – a message of invitation. A radical message that many reject in favor of control over their own lives and the lives of others. Yet, you gave them faith to carry forward – to proclaim your radical message for the people to hear. And you did not abandon them. Give us the faith to live risky lives for the Gospel. To be uncomfortable and inconvenienced. To acknowledge how scared we are and to seek you – to know that we will not be alone or forgotten. Amen.
Prayer for May 31: Please pray with me. God of prayer, listen to us when we plead with you. In several Psalms, there is a pleading and a prodding – a sort of cajoling if you will. You tell us you are a faithful God, but often it can be difficult to see that. Yet, you are faithful. Listen to our cries Lord. Listen when we ask for relief. Send relief to all who suffer – the homeless, those that are trafficked, prostitutes, those caught in drugs, victims of domestic violence, and more. Free them from the bonds that hold them. Change the hearts of those that imprison others. Hear us O Lord. Amen.
Prayer for May 23: Please pray with me. God of faith, you claim us. We are yours. This doesn’t mean that what you offer us is a set of suggestions that we can ignore. Instead, you claim us and call us to follow you. Where else are we to go? Only you have the words of eternal life. What else can compare? Nothing. Come into our lives and transform us. We want a miracle Lord. We need a miracle. We implore you – give the world peace like it has never known. Break the world’s loyalties and pursuits of power for its own sake. Instead, humble to proud, knock down those who flaunt their power and exploit others. Raise up the poor and powerless. Let your kingdom come. Make us instruments of your will. Amen.
Prayer for May 14: Please pray with me. God of the oppressed, the question that rises up is “how long?” How long, oh Lord? How long will those without a voice be silenced. How long will those who are without power be squashed? How long will those who are not considered normal be subject to rejection just for being who they are? How long will divisions be allowed to determine people’s worth and value? How long will the -isms continue to choke humanity to death? How long? How long will the poor be stuck in a black hole with no way out? How long? The day is coming when the world will be flipped right side up again. When there will be restoration, renewal, and transformation. We look forward to that day. And we seek to bring that day forward. Guide us on our paths as you invite us to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. Amen.
Prayer for May 11: Please pray with me. Holy God, you comfort the sorrowful and those that mourn. So often we are told that weeping is a sign of weakness and that we are supposed to be strong. But you know better. Weeping is a sign of being vulnerable, of caring deeply. I can only imagine how many times you have wept Lord. I imagine you weep every time your Good News is rejected in favor of us wanting to do things our way. I imagine you weep every time you are rejected in favor of us wanting to use you as a tool to support our own agendas. I imagine you weep every time you hear us pray for things that are in opposition to who you are – prayers of revenge, prayers of war, prayers of nationalism, prayers of separation, prayers of greed, prayers of selfishness. You weep. And we weep with you. How long oh Lord? How long? When will we truly know, truly be embraced, truly be changed enough – changed to turn from our selfish ways and turned back towards you. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Comfort them Lord. Amen.
Prayer for May 4: Please pray with me. Eternal Hope, today we lift up your church. With you hope springs eternal. Yet, sometimes that can be difficult for some of your followers to grasp and hold onto. That’s not surprising when we see all the crap going on around us – the lack of value of others, of your creation. There are plenty of messages of hopelessness that consume so many. Yet, your message is a message of hope – a future that is better than the present. Your message is a message of light. Let your light shine bright. Let us be the bearers of your light. Amen.
Prayer for May 3: Please pray with me. God of change, today we lift up your church. You are a God of hope, yet so many want to live in a world of hopelessness. Where is the Gospel in that? Instead, you call on us to experience death and resurrection – that things will change. This includes the church too. You call on us to experience transformation. This includes the church also. Open us to experience these things – for the sake of the spread of the Gospel. Amen.