Prayer for October 20: Please pray with me. God of welcome, you call to us to communicate your message of Good News to many around us. So many walk in the darkness of this world. Yet, your message is a light to the world. Open our eyes to see those around us that need to hear your message. Open our arms to welcome those who need to be accompanied. Open our ears to hear the stories of the lives we connect with. Open our hearts to welcome people – as they are, not to change them into us. Open our minds, and tear down our defenses that try to make others conform to us. Help us to know that every time someone new enters our community, the community changes. Amen.
Prayer for October 17: Please pray with me. Renewing God, we ask that you renew our lives. Renew our worshiping communities. Renew our leaders and institutions. Renew our planet. But what is renewal God. What is it that we are actually asking for? In renewal we are asking for your holy presence in our lives. In your presence, that which is unholy will be washed clean and made new again. A fresh start. Renewal doesn’t come by focusing on what we don’t want. It comes by seeing the vision of what is possible and moving towards it. Give us this fresh start Lord. Amen.
Prayer for October 16: Please pray with me. God of the stressed, today we ask that you walk with the stressed of our world. They need you Lord. They need to be heard. They need to have weight taken off of their shoulders. They need rest. They need time alone to recover and catch up. They need so much. Turn them to also seeing that they can’t face stress alone or else they will break. Turn them to asking for help. Turn them to allowing others to help them. Turn them and us Lord to you. Amen.
Prayer for October 12: Please pray with me. God of grace, today we ask for an extra dose of grace. We need it Lord. There are so many of us humans who are extremely judgemental. How did we to be this way? There are so many humans who are quick to point out the flaws and errors of other humans. How did we get this way? More importantly, will it always be this way? Please help us Lord – remove the judgementalism and the eye for flaws and errors. These are a disease and virus on our souls. They are not life-giving, but crushing. Instead, give us hearts of grace, mercy, and peace. Yes, especially to those that are most judgmental. Please. Amen.
Prayer for October 11: Please pray with me. God who keeps on surprising us, help us today to see the world and all peoples in the way you see people. Just for a glimpse. I imagine it would be so shocking, as to blow our mind away. Where we see differences and divisions, anger and hatred, ideologies and beliefs – I can only imagine how you see people. I’m willing to bet that the only words that come close would be “Child of God.” Open our eyes to see others, all people, including our enemies, as a Child of God. And in so seeing others this way, soften our hearts to treat others as is they are children of God – regardless of the cost. Amen.
Prayer for October 3: Please pray with me. Suffering God, we cry out to you. We plead with you. We area desperate to make the insanity, random violence, and death to end. We pray for the families of victims who suffer violence and death. We pray for the perpetrators and their families as well. We don’t understand Lord. Yet, understanding isn’t our calling. You call us to be your disciples and to be light in the midst of darkness. You call on us to see the reality of death in our midst, but to proclaim that death does not have the final say – You oh Holy God do. You are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. You call on us to live in the midst of suffering and pain and death. You call on us to stop trying to distract ourselves from these things because they are unpleasant and uncomfortable. Rather, you call on us to walk with people who experience these things so that another truth and reality may show forth – the reality of the a self-emptied Savior who does not abandon us, who goes with us in the midst of the crap of life and death, and who promises resurrection. We pin our hopes on this promise. Let this promise permeate our lives in how we act, what we do, what we say and type. Let it permeate us in such a way that it shows to others that you, Oh God, change lives in incredible ways. Amen.
Prayer for September 26: Please pray with me. God of prosperity and poverty, today we pray all of your children, both rich and poor. The world has it’s definition of success and wealth. The world attaches material things to these terms. You however see success and wealth differently. The material things aren’t bad, but they are a tool to bring about your will for this world. Help us to use what you have entrusted us to be a part of your will. Amen.