Prayer for August 6: Please pray with me. Holy One, you sent people out in many ways. While you send us out, you also draw us in. You invite us to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. But why do you choose us Lord? How are we equipped enough to do this? Why us Lord? But I hear you say, “Child, it’s not that you are equipped enough. You’ll never know enough or have enough or be enough to do anything I ask you. Instead, it is that you’ll have to rely on me to get through it.” You send us out as we are. You give us what we need to complete the work. Amen.
Prayer for July 25: Please pray with me. God who is special and unique, we come to you and ask that you open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts to your special way of life and living. All the human-made ideologies, idols, and false gods are not special in any way. Humanity uses them as validation for the violent nature that we possess – validation for war, control, violence, dehumanization, demean people, and more. These things are not from you. Far from it. You are a God of life, who brings life – even bringing life from that which was dead. Your way is special. Give us the strength to walk in your ways and along your paths. Amen.
Prayer for July 20: Please pray with me. God of forgiveness, we are desperate for your forgiveness. The world is merciless and unforgiving. It slams us for our mistakes and failings. It steps on us for our weaknesses. It declares that only the strong survive. That the weak are to perish. And many buy this line of thinking. The only problem is that in the end, we are all the weak. And so we all suffer the consequence. But you offer a different way – a way of forgiveness, of mercy, of grace. We are weak. We are sinners. We are broken. Be our strength. Give us the forgiveness we need. And send us out to forgive others. Amen.
Prayer for June 28: Please pray with me. God of refuge, today we pray for all those who are in need of safety. We pray for the outcast, the outsider, the asylum seeker, children, all those who are different or considered different from the masses. We also pray for those who oppress, ridicule, harass, intimidate, and over power these ones. Let fear subside and be put aside. Let your love shine forth. Let the burning within us be burning of your Spirit, not of hatred, anger, and fear. Amen.
Prayer for June 22: Please pray with me. God of creation, you come to us in many ways. We think we have your number and can tell you what to do, but you surprise us over and over again. I’m not sure why we are surprised. You don’t answer our questions – often they aren’t even the right questions. Instead, you offer different questions that cut to the heart of who we are. Questions like – Why are you afraid? Ouch. We don’t want to answer that Lord. We’d rather not look inward. The problem must be out there somewhere. There must be a scapegoat we can blame. Maybe we can blame a politician, or a pastor, or a business person, or an organization, or a law, or… Yet you keep asking – Why are you afraid? Keep asking us difficult and uncomfortable questions Lord. Amen.
Prayer for May 18: Please pray with me. God of the nations, we lift up all people. They are your creation – your children. Who are we that we think we get to decide who has value and who does not? We are made in your image Lord – because of that, everyone has value and worth. Even the people that go against you. Even the people who commit crimes and do terrible things. It doesn’t seem fair. They act like animals, should they not be treated like animals. Yet, your answer is a resounding no. People are not animals – they are people. Amen.
Prayer for May 16: Please pray with me. Blessed are you, Lord our God, king of the universe. We offer up our worship to you. And we recognize that not all worship you. There are many who worship the Empire and Caesar instead. They worship the power and might of the Empire and the strength of their Caesar. But this is not new – Empire and Caesar are old religions that you have faced throughout time, Holy One. We know where Empire and Caesar leads – to death and destruction. But you lead us ultimately to life – renewed life, transformed life, resurrected life. You call on us to die to self and all the things of this world – to die to the worship of Empire and Caesar. Radically reorient us towards you, so that we may know how you embrace us, O God of Love. You are God, we are not. Guide our paths and lead us to you. Amen.
Prayer for May 15: Please pray with me. Holy One, today we pray about control. We lie to ourselves in believing that we are in control of our lives – that we are the arbiters of what will happen to us and when. This is ridiculous. All we need to do is look around us and see how little control we have over our lives. But we fear not being in control Lord. We are afraid of not knowing what will happen. We are afraid and so we turn to things that off us a false sense of security, control, and knowing. Forgive us for turning to these things instead of you. Turn us towards you Lord – radically reorienting us to you – so that we can hear your message for us. A message that tells us that we are not alone. A message that says we don’t have to figure it out by ourselves. A message that says that we are loved in immeasurable way. 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 2: Please pray with me. God of Good News, you call on us to sow your message carelessly. You call on us to give it away without care of where it goes. Our concern is not in saving people – only you can do that. Instead, you call us to share your message with as many as possible. We rejoice when some embrace the message. We cry when some reject it and fall away. But it is not for us to determine how your message will work in each person. What is that to us? We are called to follow. To follow and proclaim. To follow and to live our faith. To not worry about what others may do or how they respond. But rather to focus on what is important – you. Help us to keep our sights on you in how we live and encounter people. Amen.