Prayer for August 15: Please pray with me. God of purpose, today we pray for all who struggle with the meaning of their life. We pray for all who feel nothing but an empty void. We pray for all who are lost and directionless – living for the sake of existence. Be with these people – accompany them in their life journey. Let them know that they are not alone in life. Amen.
Prayer for August 14: Please pray with me. God who comes to us in the tumult of life, today we pray a prayer we’d rather not pray. As the events of the last couple of days in Charlottesville, VA settle down, we pray for for the family of the person who lost their life. Give them the strength they need to get through these difficult times. We pray for the counter protestors – to give a strong voice to the voiceless. We pray that those who counter extremists would be given wisdom and courage to respond in effective ways that shift the attention away from extremists and their message to a message of hope, love, and radical inclusiveness that you give us Lord. And finally we pray for those who are consumed by fear and hatred. We place them in your hands Lord because we just don’t understand how anyone can thrive with these beliefs. We place them in your hands Lord because we just don’t know who to reach people consumed by fear and hatred. We place them in your hands Lord because we just don’t know what to do with them. Guide our words towards those who see the world completely different. Guide our hearts in the tumult of life. Amen.
Prayer for July 17: Please pray with me. God who sows Good News, spread the invitation to be a part of your family far and wide. You call on us to be your hands and feet and to also spread Good News to many. May your Spirit work through us to share Good News with the poor – telling them that their worth is not found in what they possess, but by whose they are. Work through us to share Good New with the sick – telling them that healing is on the way. Give us seeds of Good News to those that are bound by fear, addiction, or other restrictions – telling them that they will be set free. Give us strength in our arms when we spread seeds of Good News to the outcast and the “other” of our cultures and societies – telling them that they are part of God’s family. Your invitation is a message that tells us that you, Oh God, love us and care about us. When your seed hits our lives, it changes us, makes the wheat of your message grow within us, so that the seed of this Good News may be spread to others so that they may know that God loves them and cares for them and so do we. Amen.
Prayer for July 3: Please pray with me. God who loves, today we ask that our hearts and minds are touched by your unconditional love. Open our hearts and minds to seeing the humanity of others, especially those we consider our enemies. Because you offer us grace and mercy, turn our hearts to offer grace and mercy to others. Amen.
Prayer for May 2: Please pray with me. God who proclaims Good News, today we ask for an abundance of Good News. There is just too much bad news that surrounds us each day – news that promotes division, hate, war, violence, and us vs. them. Let your Good News be proclaimed from the roof tops Lord – we are desperate for it. We need to hear life-giving news, thriving news, loving news, merciful news, peacemaking news, caring news. Shout out your news for all to hear – from nations all the way to individuals. Amen.
Prayer for April 17. Please pray with me. On this Easter Monday we continue to rejoice at your resurrection Lord. Give us each a resurrection in our lives this day. Show us how you have conquered death and brought about new life. Today we remember your promised to all of creation – that death does not have the final say, but that you do. And you bring life. Amen.
Prayer for April 13: Please pray with me. On this Maundy Thursday, we life up all who hunger. Feed them Lord. Feed them the bread of life that sustains life and causes us to thrive. Fill the bellies of those that hunger. Fill also those that hunger for more than food. Give them satisfaction for what they hunger. Amen.