Prayer for April 23: Please pray with me. Holy One, you come to us in many ways – often in ways we don’t recognize. Open our eyes, our hearts, and our ears to you as you show up in our lives. Open us to hear your truth – that you call us to live out the truth, not use the truth as a weapon to beat others into submission. You call us to live out the truth with love. You call us to action. Few have ever been convinced by mere argument. But many more have changed because they were first seen as fellow human travelers on this journey of life. Help us to get to know people – their names and their stories. Help up to open our hearts to these people. Amen.
Prayer for April 19: Please pray with me. God of the hopeless, give hope abundantly. We have a world of hopelessness – to the point that people have given up. Yet you call on us to be in community and in relationship. You remind us that we are not alone. You walk with us. Be with those who feel alone and lonely. You call on us to help and to be helped, not just to provide material resources to people. The material is important, but there is more. Take us to a deeper level to grasp what you seek in us. Amen.
Prayer for April 18: Please pray with me. God of grace, you come to us in odd ways and through means that we would never choose. You show up in ways that shock us. But I’m not sure why. You’ve been showing up in these ways for many centuries. You show up through your word, through prophets, through messengers, and for Christians, we believe that you took on flesh in your son and showed up in the most unlikely of ways. You are a God that shows up. If only we would do the same. Send us out to show up – to show up where the homeless are. To show up to feed the hungry. To show up where the lonely are. To show up to visit the prisoners. To show up where people are being trafficked. To show up where your Good News needs to be heard. Let us stop just taking the label of follower of you and instead transform us in to follower of you with our actions. Amen.
Prayer for April 16: Please pray with me. God of the nations, we love to claim you as our own. We love to say that you bless our nation. All nations love to claim that they are blessed by you. We love the idea of being blessed – that we are somehow special and that no one else is. That we are your favorites. That it is us that you find to be extra special and just so good. But you know better Lord. We aren’t fooling you. We are only fooling ourselves. You tell us in your word that you love the whole of creation – not just a small slice of it. You tell us in your word that you love all of humanity – not just those we deem as the “good guys.” We like to think we can tell you how to be God. Forgive us Lord. We are not you. We are your creation. We are limited. We are broken. We are sinful. Forgive us. Help us to see through your lens at creation. Help us to live out your call for us. Convict us to actually be your followers, not just claim the label. Amen.
Prayer for April 6: Please pray with me. God of travelers, guide the path of the traveler. But also help us to see that we are all travelers – we are on the journey of faith in our lives and in the journey of life in faith. Your Word is a map for us to follow. You put people along the path to be guides and companions on the journey. You give us times of respite when we need it. We come across people who are with us on our journey for a time and then go. You offer us hostels to stay for a period of time – places that we call churches. Some us stay at a hostel for longer than others. But eventually our journey ends and our long-awaited sleep begins. We will sleep soundly until the dawn of the new day when you return and wake us from our sleep to the resurrection and a renewed, restored, and transformed world and life. We look forward to this time. Amen.
Prayer for March 27: Please pray with me. God of the weary, be with us as we plod forward. You stayed with the Israelites as they wandered for 40 years in the wilderness – be with us also. Guide our paths, make straight the pathways that lead us forward. You walk with us on the hike of life. You set the path. You clear the brush. You are the marker that lets us know we are on the right path. We are often tired, Lord. Yet, you do not grow weary. You ease our burden. Amen.
Prayer for March 16: Please pray with me. God who is great, come to us. We have these wild and faulty understandings of what it means to be great Lord. We think that power is great – to be able to control other people, animals, and creation itself. Nope. We think that great wealth is great – to be able to buy anything we want. Nope. We think that breaking records is great – to be able to lay claim to ownership of something. Nope. We think drawing attention to ourselves is great – to think everyone cares about us, what we say and do. Nope. We think that a strong military is the definition of greatness – to be able to kill our enemies. Nope. Your definition of greatness is far different Lord. For you greatness comes in service. Greatness comes is self-emptying. Greatness comes in forgiveness, love, grace, peace, and hope. Greatness redefines our lives in amazing ways. Greatness transforms people and all of creation. Greatness comes in giving, not in taking. Help us to be great Lord. Amen.