Prayer for November 10: Please pray with me. God who calls us, today we pray that we might open our hearts to answer your call for our lives. Answering your call is not always easy Lord, but it is worth it. No, your goal isn’t to bless us with worldly things as if that which will pass away is worth much in the grand scheme of things. Rather, your goal is the restoration of creation and relationships. You have accomplished it all and the amazing thing is that you invite us to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. Help us to say Yes! to your call. Amen.
Prayer for November 8: Please pray with me. Omnipresent God, we come to you with so many questions and doubts. And yet, you open your arms to us and listen. How crazy is that? You, the one who created the universe and everything in it, are willing to listen to a tiny speck of life who is here for just a fleeting moment in time. Yet you do. You listen to each one of us – with our questions, our doubts, our anger, our sorrow, and so much more. We thank you for listening Holy One. And for speaking words of life to us. Help us to listen and respond to your Word. Move us to respond in action to what you call us to. Amen.
Prayer for November 7: Please pray with me. God of the unexpected, today we pray that you take our expectations for your kingdom and you shake them to their core. If we have become comfortable with the label of child of God, shake us out of our slumber. If we fear the label, calm our fears. Lord, we ask that you instill in us faith so that we can respond in trust – trust that what you say is true, trust that your kingdom is unfolding. For too long we have held expectations about you and what you do in the world that are rather small. Yet, you are the creator of everything. Radically reorient our expectations Holy One to expect amazing things. You are not the God of mediocrity, but rather the God of amazingness. Encounter us, as you have encountered creation before, and raise our expectations high. And in so raising our expectations, call us to go out to proclaim boldly your Good News and that you are alive and active – that you are renewing creation and restoring broken relationships. May we expect to have our lives touched in amazing ways. And in so doing, let us being your hands that touch others’ lives. May we expect that your Word would be life for us. And in so doing, use our mouths and our fingers to be your Word to a world infatuated with death and brokenness. Do the unexpected God – be amazing. Amen.
Prayer for October 31: Please pray with me. Reforming God, today we ask that you continue to reform your church. You aren’t done with us yet Lord, we know this. You aren’t even close. Your kingdom is still unfolding. Help us to see how you invite us to participate in that unfolding in your world. Reform our hearts as well God. They need radical reformation – away from sin and death to new life in you. Reform our minds away from the idolatry of being right to being open to explore ideas with openness as we move closer to your truth. Reform our relationships to see the humanity of those around us and especially of those we disagree with or consider our enemies. Reform our words so that they convey Good News of grace, mercy, peace, and justice – away from words of violence, division, hatred, and death. Reform our lives. They are in your hands Lord. Use us to carry out the continuing work of Reformation that is needed today. Amen.
Prayer for October 25: Please pray with me. God of faith, today we ask for faith. Help us to respond to your gift of faith in trust. But please Lord, help us to see that you aren’t an insecure God who demands blind faith without any questions or doubts. Open our hearts to ask questions about you God. Open our ears to hear answers and “I don’t know.” Not knowing is not a bad thing – it’s ok. If we knew everything there was to know about you God, then there would be no need for faith. Give us living faith. Amen.
Prayer for September 1: Please pray with me. God who is the Word, we pray that we would hear your word for what it is. We pray that we would not try to twist it to make it into something that it is not. Open our ears to hear the Law and Gospel that is present. Open our ears also to hear when the Bible is used as a tool to divide and condemn. Give us legs to run far away from this. Open our hearts to hear your word and take it in and in so doing, change who we are. Amen.
Prayer for August 8: Please pray with me. God of Love, who is love itself, we thank you for the love you have and give. Help us to understand what love really is – it is not controlling, but freeing. It doesn’t judge, but accompanies. It does not demand, but rather encourages. Love is not conditional, but rather unconditional. Allow us to experience this kind of love. And in experiencing it – give us the courage to also give it to others. Amen.