Prayer for July 23: Please pray with me. God of life, you are the way forward. The world screams and shouts it’s ideologies which are full of lies. It yells that only the strong will survive and that the ends justify the means. What a load of bull. The strong end up dead and what is the point of the ends if it ends in death? You offer something completely different, something much better – thriving life, resurrected life, transformed life. Open us to receive your invitation to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. Amen.
Prayer for July 20: Please pray with me. God of forgiveness, we are desperate for your forgiveness. The world is merciless and unforgiving. It slams us for our mistakes and failings. It steps on us for our weaknesses. It declares that only the strong survive. That the weak are to perish. And many buy this line of thinking. The only problem is that in the end, we are all the weak. And so we all suffer the consequence. But you offer a different way – a way of forgiveness, of mercy, of grace. We are weak. We are sinners. We are broken. Be our strength. Give us the forgiveness we need. And send us out to forgive others. Amen.
Prayer for July 6: Please pray with me. Holy One that we follow, lead us. These are difficult times. Very difficult times, but they are not something new. Humanity has struggled with these things many times before. We have had leaders who have are lacking. We have made arguments that dehumanize. We have carried out policies that devalue and separate and pit people against one another. This isn’t new. It is humanity’s story, over and over again. Come to us yet again Lord, as you promise to do. Guide your followers in the way of peace, mercy, grace, forgiveness, love. Guide our words and actions in ways that participate in the unfolding of your kingdom, not the expansion of the empire that is based on anger and fear. An empire that seeks to separate and divide. Lead us Holy God. Open our ears to hear, clear our eyes to see, cleanse our hearts to love. Give us wisdom. Help us to invite people into the kingdom and to wipe the dust from our feet of those insistent on expanding the empire. We pray for them. We will continue to love them in spite of their fear and anger of us. We will continue to prayer for them in spite of their desire to do things a different way. We will continue to live the way of peace in spite of their calls for violence and arms and war. We will continue to forgive them in spite of their blame and scapegoating. This is what it means to follow you. Give us the strength to follow you, without exception. Amen.
Prayer for June 22: Please pray with me. God of creation, you come to us in many ways. We think we have your number and can tell you what to do, but you surprise us over and over again. I’m not sure why we are surprised. You don’t answer our questions – often they aren’t even the right questions. Instead, you offer different questions that cut to the heart of who we are. Questions like – Why are you afraid? Ouch. We don’t want to answer that Lord. We’d rather not look inward. The problem must be out there somewhere. There must be a scapegoat we can blame. Maybe we can blame a politician, or a pastor, or a business person, or an organization, or a law, or… Yet you keep asking – Why are you afraid? Keep asking us difficult and uncomfortable questions Lord. Amen.
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.