Prayer for June 20: Please pray with me. God of uncertainty, we float about in the storms of life. We desperately want security, safety, and to be in control. We think that is the highest value in life. But it is not. You don’t call us to safety, security, and control. You call us to something far different – risk, welcome, uncertainty. The prophets knew this well – this is why they tried to run from you. They knew that what you called them to was a calling of risk and uncertainty – a message of invitation. A radical message that many reject in favor of control over their own lives and the lives of others. Yet, you gave them faith to carry forward – to proclaim your radical message for the people to hear. And you did not abandon them. Give us the faith to live risky lives for the Gospel. To be uncomfortable and inconvenienced. To acknowledge how scared we are and to seek you – to know that we will not be alone or forgotten. Amen.
Prayer for June 19: Please pray with me. God of the least and the most vulnerable, we lift up those who need you today. You promise to bring the mighty down and raise up the weakest. Remember your promise Lord. There are many who need to be raised. You are in the business of raising up those that are lifeless. You are in the business of bringing to life that which is dead. You are in the business of transformation. Our world needs this kind of resurrection now. Touch our lives, let us know we are not alone. Amen.
Prayer for May 30: Please pray with me. God of struggle, today we pray for all those who struggle. Like Jacob, who struggled with you all night long, there are so many things that we struggle with Lord. Use our struggles to advance your kingdom. Walk with us and accompany us in these struggles. If it be your will, take them away from us, but if it not be your well – let these struggles build character in us. Use these struggles to draw us nearer to you. Amen.
Prayer for May 29: Please pray with me. God who is all in – guide our paths and lives so that we may respond to you by being all in. All in is uncomfortable and inconvenient. All in means seeing the world different. All in means that our own privilege is ruined. All in is what you are all about. All throughout Scripture, you show us over and over again how all in you are for us and how all in you want us to be for you. Give us the courage to be all in – regardless of the cost. Amen.
Prayer for May 16: Please pray with me. Blessed are you, Lord our God, king of the universe. We offer up our worship to you. And we recognize that not all worship you. There are many who worship the Empire and Caesar instead. They worship the power and might of the Empire and the strength of their Caesar. But this is not new – Empire and Caesar are old religions that you have faced throughout time, Holy One. We know where Empire and Caesar leads – to death and destruction. But you lead us ultimately to life – renewed life, transformed life, resurrected life. You call on us to die to self and all the things of this world – to die to the worship of Empire and Caesar. Radically reorient us towards you, so that we may know how you embrace us, O God of Love. You are God, we are not. Guide our paths and lead us to you. Amen.
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 9: Please pray with me. God who is, who was, and who is to be, we lift up all those in need. There is such a great need in this time. So many people needing so much. How do you do it Lord. Walk with us in our time of need. Help us also to distinguish our needs from our wants. Let us rely on you and at the same time to respond to your call for our lives. Amen.