Prayer for June 28: Please pray with me. God of prayer, today we ask a special prayer for all those who pray. Hear their cries and their laments. Hear their joys and adulation. Hear us Lord. Help us to know that we are not alone, but that you not only hear us, but show up in ways we least expect. Open our eyes to see you when you show up. Amen.
Prayer for June 27: Please pray with me. God of the cross, you call us to pick up our cross and follow you. Open our ears to hear how radical that call is. It’s not about bearing a burden or hardship. It’s not a first world problem either. It’s picking up the instrument that could kill us – all for your sake. To live in a Christ-like manner where we love our enemies and offer grace to those we disagree with – even bitterly. To live differently than what our culture clamors for – being right at all costs and trampling those in the way. Help up to have the courage to die to self, to die to culture, and to live the way you call us to live, so that more can experience true life. Amen.
Prayer for May 30: Please pray with me. God of the hungry, yesterday many people celebrated with a great abundance of food. Yet there are many in our land who lack basic nutrition. Help us to see our hungry neighbor and give them food. But not only food for their stomach Lord, but help to give what nourishes the whole person – love, care, mercy, and laughter – in short, dignity. Amen.
Prayer for April 26: Please pray with me. God of the guilty, today we pray for inmates and prisoners. We ask that you touch their lives. Radically reorient their lives. Help them to see what purpose you have for their lives, in the midst of hopelessness and despair. Bless all who visit prisoners and share Christ’s presence with them. Set the captives free – free from sin, free from suffering, free from anguish – free to be able to serve you among their fellow prisoners. Amen.
Prayer for April 25: Please pray with me. God of innocence, today we pray for infants. Bless them and keep them Lord. They don’t know anything about this world. They can’t speak. Yet they know a universal language and use it well – love. We have much to learn from these infants – help us to receive love unconditionally like an infant. Amen.
Prayer for April 21. Please pray with me. On this Easter Friday we pray for all students as they approach the end of their semesters. It’s crunch time Lord. Help them to complete all their papers, assignments, projects, and exams. Help them keep their eye on the finish line knowing that their studies don’t really end, but rather, they change. When formal education ends, the education of life continues. Walk with all students in their stress, late nights, piles of assignments and papers. Be with all family members and friends of students as they continue to encourage the students in their lives. Amen.
Prayer for April 20. Please pray with me. On this Easter Thursday we pray for all those transitioning in life. Our lives are in a constant state of change. We ask that you guide us through these changes of life – new relationships, new careers, new jobs, new homes, now families, new health, new life. Sometimes these changes feel like the women who came to the tomb on Easter Sunday – full of fear and joy. Yet, like the women, you tell us – “do not be afraid.” Help us to be bold enough to go forward without fear, knowing that ultimately, our lives are in your hands. Amen.