Prayer for September 6: Please pray with me. God of life, today we pray for all those who are facing death. Death sucks. Yet, it is inevitable for all of us. It is a part of what it means to be alive. But we know that death does not have the final say – you do, oh Lord. You have promised us resurrection and restoration. And you never fail to keep your word. In the moment of death, recall to our hearts and minds your words of assurance. Comfort those who are left behind in their loss. Give them the strength to take one day at a time and know they are not alone and their loved one is not forgotten. Amen.
Prayer for August 17: Please pray with me. Radical God, today we pray that you would radically change us and touch our lives in radical ways. When John the Baptist yells out “Repent!” he is calling on us to radically reorient our lives towards God. We read about radicals and those one the extremes of the political spectrum and we don’t know what to do or how to respond. Yet, how radical is it for people to be consumed by fear and hatred and turn to violence as an answer to their problems. That’s not radical at all – that’s the majority of human history thanks to sin. Radically reorient us Lord to be true radicals – to actually live out what we claim in our identity as children of God. Let us live out Proverbs call to embrace wisdom. Let us live out Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Let us live out the call to love our neighbor and our enemies, to feed the hungry, cloth those who need clothing, to shelter the homeless, to visit the sick and imprisoned, to care for the orphan and widow. That is radical. That is what we are called to. Give us the courage to be radical in ways that the world doesn’t understand and ridicules. Amen.
Prayer for July 25: Please pray with me. God of those who suffer, you know what suffering is – you took suffering all the way to death and beyond. You accompany those who suffer so they are not alone. Make your presence known. Be with medical professionals who treat physical, mental, and emotional suffering. Don’t just take the suffering away – but move people to wholeness and wellness in whatever form that may take. Help us to also see that we are blessed for each day of life that we have. Help us to be a blessing for others. Amen.
Prayer for July 17: Please pray with me. God who sows Good News, spread the invitation to be a part of your family far and wide. You call on us to be your hands and feet and to also spread Good News to many. May your Spirit work through us to share Good News with the poor – telling them that their worth is not found in what they possess, but by whose they are. Work through us to share Good New with the sick – telling them that healing is on the way. Give us seeds of Good News to those that are bound by fear, addiction, or other restrictions – telling them that they will be set free. Give us strength in our arms when we spread seeds of Good News to the outcast and the “other” of our cultures and societies – telling them that they are part of God’s family. Your invitation is a message that tells us that you, Oh God, love us and care about us. When your seed hits our lives, it changes us, makes the wheat of your message grow within us, so that the seed of this Good News may be spread to others so that they may know that God loves them and cares for them and so do we. Amen.
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.