Prayer for June 28: Please pray with me. God of prayer, today we ask a special prayer for all those who pray. Hear their cries and their laments. Hear their joys and adulation. Hear us Lord. Help us to know that we are not alone, but that you not only hear us, but show up in ways we least expect. Open our eyes to see you when you show up. Amen.
Prayer for June 9: Please pray with me. Word of God, today we pray for those in conflict. Let your Word infiltrate conflict in this world. Let your Word become present where there is conflict. Let your will be known in the conflict. And help those in conflict to move towards reconciliation and forgiveness. Amen.
Prayer for June 7: Please pray with me. God of rest, today we pray for all who seek your rest. We can’t keep going without rest Lord. Yet rest is so counter-cultural. Our society is grounded on working ourselves to death. Yet, you call us to something different – rest. Help us to answer this call for our lives and help others to rest as well. Amen.
Prayer for April 28: Please pray with me. God of the nations, today we pray for peace. Help leaders to recognize that peace isn’t a destination – something to be obtained if the circumstances work out that way. No, instead, help leaders and their people, to see that peace is a way of life, decision. It is not an easy decision, nor any easy road to follow. There will be plenty opportunities to put peace aside in favor of violence, war, division, revenge, and judgement. Yet, help us to set those easy paths aside. They all lead to the same result – death. Give us the courage to choose peace. Give leaders wisdom to choose peace for their people. Radically reorient those who choose a more violent path so that swords may be beaten into ploughshares. Amen.
Prayer for April 26: Please pray with me. God of the guilty, today we pray for inmates and prisoners. We ask that you touch their lives. Radically reorient their lives. Help them to see what purpose you have for their lives, in the midst of hopelessness and despair. Bless all who visit prisoners and share Christ’s presence with them. Set the captives free – free from sin, free from suffering, free from anguish – free to be able to serve you among their fellow prisoners. Amen.
Prayer for April 21. Please pray with me. On this Easter Friday we pray for all students as they approach the end of their semesters. It’s crunch time Lord. Help them to complete all their papers, assignments, projects, and exams. Help them keep their eye on the finish line knowing that their studies don’t really end, but rather, they change. When formal education ends, the education of life continues. Walk with all students in their stress, late nights, piles of assignments and papers. Be with all family members and friends of students as they continue to encourage the students in their lives. Amen.
Prayer for April 20. Please pray with me. On this Easter Thursday we pray for all those transitioning in life. Our lives are in a constant state of change. We ask that you guide us through these changes of life – new relationships, new careers, new jobs, new homes, now families, new health, new life. Sometimes these changes feel like the women who came to the tomb on Easter Sunday – full of fear and joy. Yet, like the women, you tell us – “do not be afraid.” Help us to be bold enough to go forward without fear, knowing that ultimately, our lives are in your hands. Amen.