Prayer for August 15: Please pray with me. God of purpose, today we pray for all who struggle with the meaning of their life. We pray for all who feel nothing but an empty void. We pray for all who are lost and directionless – living for the sake of existence. Be with these people – accompany them in their life journey. Let them know that they are not alone in life. Amen.
Prayer for August 11: Please pray with me. God who shows up in the midst of tumult and chaos, boy do we need you. Our world is crazy, yet the crazy thing is we think this is new. Chaos has been the norm for so long, yet we forget that it is normal. We often feel like we are like the disciples being tossed about in the boat and fear everything around us. And in that fear we erect walls and ways to keep the chaos and others away. But they never work. Isolation is never the answer. If it was, Peter would have drowned. But then you show up Lord and bam, something even crazier happens – grace. you give us exactly what we don’t deserve – a hand reaching out to us and saving us. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer for August 9: Please pray with me. God of the poor, you tell us that the poor we will always have with us, yet that doesn’t mean you excuse poverty. You call on us to love and care for the poor – even to serve the poor. We feel good about serving the poor Lord, but do we take this too far? Keep us vigilant in serving the poor – in ways that actually help the poor, ways that tap into the value of the individual, in ways that encourage and empower, in ways that build relationships, in ways that we might not even imagine. Don’t just let us write a check to an agency that works with the poor so that our hands don’t have to get dirty. Push us to be uncomfortable enough to not only serve the poor, but to befriend the poor and in so doing, to humanize and lift up our fellow human beings. Amen.
Prayer for August 4: Please pray with me. God of Truth, clear the blinders from our eyes. Make us the blind man whom Jesus restored sight to. Help us to see that we are not the ultimate arbiters of truth – only you are. Move us away, far away, from our preferred binary beliefs that pit people against one another, that create the “good” and the “bad” people. Push us far away from cornering people into either/or decisions. Deep down we know that life is messy and full of gray. That doesn’t mean that anything goes. It means we are dealing with the reality of humanity. And help us in our unbelief of thinking that our faith is based on what we believe. If that is so, then our faith is pretty shaky and nothing more than a house of cards that is ready to cave in at any moment. Open our hearts to live into trust in you, not knowing what the future holds, but knowing that you walk along side us as we journey forth. Amen.
Prayer for August 3: Please pray with me. Calming God, today we pray for all who live in anger. We pray for those who are victimized and turn to anger. We pray for those who get a rush from being angry. We pray for all those who have to experience the wrath of another person. Calm our hearts. Lower our emotions from the anger that burns within. Help us to see that anger only destroys and does not build up. Help us also to not have a blind eye to injustice around us. Let us not be angry about it, thinking that in anger we are doing something, but rather be moved by it to point that we act. Amen.
Prayer for August 2: Please pray with me. Holy God, you capture our attention in wild ways. You don’t need click bait to turn us to you. Instead, you come to us, invite us into something deeper, more nourishing, than any product ever could – thriving life. you open your arms to embrace us, yet so often we are looking for the next big thing that will satisfy our curiosity and addictions. Oh how we miss the mark Lord. Whisper in our ear that you satisfy the hungry heart. Help us to see that there is nothing else that can satisfy us except you. Amen.
Prayer for August 1: Please pray with me. God of faith, today we ask that you would remind us where our faith lies – in you. Our faith isn’t really ours to begin with, but rather is a gift from you. Too many people stop talking with you because they say they lack faith or that their faith is weak. That is true. If our faith was based on us and how much we had and how strong our will power was, we’d be screwed. Thank you for giving us faith – even when we don’t feel like we have it. Thank you Lord for not waiting for us to move toward you, but for you coming to us. Help us to see the faith that you instill in us, that grows in us, that changes us, and that drives us forward to do your will. Amen.