Prayer for April 14: Please pray with me. On this Good Friday, we pray for all who are near death. Accompany the dying as they take their last breaths. Give them peace and assurance. Be with the family and friends of those who are dying – be a comfort for them. Be with those who will die alone – be present to them so they will not die in fear. Amen.
Prayer for April 6: Please Pray with me. God of healing, today we raise up people and things that need healing. So often we recognize the people who need healing, but there are so many others that need healing too. Heal those pets in our lives that need your loving embrace. Heal the plants that have had a rough Spring in the North. Heal our stuff that we rely on to carry out your call for our lives. Amen.
Prayer for March 28: Please pray with me. Healing God, today we pray for all who need a healing touch. You know all who are suffering and in pain. Work through doctors, nurses, care givers, pastors, chaplains, family, friends, and so many others to be a healing touch in their lives. Healing may come with a cure, but not always. Sometimes the best cure a person can receive is to be at peace with their life situation and a sense of calm for what is ahead in life. Only you know what each person needs. Make us an instrument of healing to those in need. Amen.
Prayer for February 3: Please pray with me. God of healing, today we recall your servant St. Blaise. We pray to you Lord for all those who suffer from a throat ailment – heal them. Open their lips so they can praise you and pray to you, sooth their throats so they may find nourishment from you, soften their hearts so they may speak words of blessing to others. Amen.
Prayer for December 9: Please pray with me. God of health, today we pray that you would grant us your healing – healing our bodies of ailments, healing our hearts of hard-heartedness, healing our minds of clutter, healing our spirits of being unsettled, healing our feet that we may walk the gospel into each place we come to, healing our hands that they may offer loving touch, healing our mouth that it may offer words of mercy, love, peace, and forgiveness. Heal us Lord as we prepare for you to come – as you came so long ago, are coming into our lives today, and will come back again to bring about the fulfillment of your kingdom. Amen.
Prayer for November 9: Please pray with me. God of rest, today we pray that we would be given rest from the heated and fearful rhetoric of the last two years that we have come to know as a presidential campaign. This is not normal Lord and we know it, yet we are unsure of what to do about it. We are worn down, our society is anxious, our world uncertain. There is much to do. Yet for today, give us rest so that we will be ready to share your peace, joy, mercy, and love with those we come in contact with daily. Amen.
Prayer for October 26: Please pray with me. God of the cross, today we pray for all those who suffer is body, mind, spirit, or any other way. We know that you reveal yourself in the moments of suffering. We are reminded that you revealed your ultimate glory and your very character and being in the cross. You walk with all those who are suffering. Help them to feel your presence in their lives. And help the rest of us to walk with those suffering as well. Close our mouths from speaking cliches and stop us from trying to fix something that can’t be fixed. Help us to just be with the ones who suffer. Amen.