Prayer for August 17: Please pray with me. God of grace, be with all who are in need of your grace. Open us to receive your grace. Let us bath in your grace and mercy. Let us be honest enough to admit that we need your grace. As tough as we may think we are, we are all broken. Walk with us, speak to us. Love us. Give us your grace. Amen.
Prayer for August 7: Please pray with me. God of the extra ordinary, trample the routineness of our lives – the mediocre, the routine. Rouse us from our sleepy routines in which we just travel through life without living it. Throw us off course with encounters that smash out lists of things to do. Encounter us in ways that impact our lives in real ways and cause us to question everything. Open our eyes and hearts to hearing your message so that our lives are changed. Amen.
Prayer for August 6: Please pray with me. Holy One, you sent people out in many ways. While you send us out, you also draw us in. You invite us to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. But why do you choose us Lord? How are we equipped enough to do this? Why us Lord? But I hear you say, “Child, it’s not that you are equipped enough. You’ll never know enough or have enough or be enough to do anything I ask you. Instead, it is that you’ll have to rely on me to get through it.” You send us out as we are. You give us what we need to complete the work. Amen.
Prayer for August 3: Please pray with me. God who comforts, there are many who are afflicted. Afflicted by disease, brokenness, financial strain, mental challenges, relationship struggles, and more. Some are afflicted by others too. We lift up the afflicted. Comfort them Lord as you promise you will in Psalm 23. We also dare to call on you to afflict the comfortable – rouse us from our rest and privilege. Make us uncomfortable enough to get up and get going. Make us uncomfortable enough to actually follow you and what you call us to do – not just claim to be a follower of yours. Claiming such a thing without the follow through is worthless. Drive us out to live out the life you call us to. Amen.
Prayer for August 2: Please pray with me. God who ends bondage, break the chains that keep us bound. Break the chains of others too. This isn’t just about our salvation, but about so much more. Without others chains being broken and people being set free, how are we truly free? You promise a vibrant community of faith Lord. Set us free from sin, from addictions, from poverty and homelessness. Set us free from our false identities. Set us free from anger and fear. Set us free from false beliefs. Set us free so that we may experience the fullness of life and proclaim this to others. Use us as tools that set others free. Amen.
Prayer for July 31: Please pray with me. God who encounters us, you come to us over and over again. You do no rest from pursuing us. You encounter us. You do not relent. That is because you understand that an encounter with you changes our lives. You encounter us and change us in the encounter. Help us to do the same with those around us. Change us from our focus on ourselves to seeing the concerns of those around us. Change us from the inward focus on ourselves to seeing our interconnectedness with others. Change us from seeing ourselves as completely separate from others to identifying with those around us – especially those that are trapped in poverty, homelessness, human trafficking, domestic violence. Amen.
Prayer for July 25: Please pray with me. God who is special and unique, we come to you and ask that you open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts to your special way of life and living. All the human-made ideologies, idols, and false gods are not special in any way. Humanity uses them as validation for the violent nature that we possess – validation for war, control, violence, dehumanization, demean people, and more. These things are not from you. Far from it. You are a God of life, who brings life – even bringing life from that which was dead. Your way is special. Give us the strength to walk in your ways and along your paths. Amen.