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.
Prayer for May 1: Please pray with me. God of light, today we ask that your light shine bright in our world. Evil exists among us – it has reared its head in our midst throughout history. It leaves its mark, death. It seeks to drain hope, to cause strife, to bring judgement, to spread wrath, and cause fear. It shows up in many places. And it can be overbearing to many. There are many who are living in this darkness Lord. Yet, the darkness cannot overcome the light – your light. When your light shines on darkness, the darkness is vanquished. It’s not a fight between dark and light – the darkness just can’t exist where there is light. Shine your light in the world. We know that you see to instill hope, to bring forgiveness, to offer mercy, to show love, and to calm the anxiety that exists. You show up in many ways and places and times. You come to us. You shine your light into our lives. And you invite us, and call us, and send us our to be your light in the world. Give us the courage to be light in the darkness around us. Amen.
Prayer for April 26: Please pray with me. God of outsiders, we ask that you come to the aid of those who are outcasts in our midst. Be their defender. And push us to advocate for the outsider in our midst. Move us with compassion, recognizing that we were once outcasts too – we were either too young, too old, too tall, too short, too this, too that. All of these things are just ways to divide and separate people. And they all miss the most basic point – they are ridiculous. Amen.
Prayer for April 24: Please pray with me. God who is the model shepherd, we lift up your lost sheep. Open our eyes to see the lost sheep among us. Open our ears to hear them when they call for help. Open our hearts to do what we can to help. Strengthen our legs to walk with them so they know they are not alone. Open our lips that words of grace, love, and hope may be expressed to them. Warm our hands that they may experience a humble and loving touch in our embrace of these sheep. Give us endurance to keep going as we answer your call to participate in the unfolding of the kingdom of God. Close our eyes and ears to false gospel messages that proclaim that we are the center of the universe, that greatness is found in might and material success. These messages are empty Lord. They flee from us when the times get tough. But you stick around. 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.