Prayer for July 19: Please pray with me. God of all time, you call us out of the past and set us moving forward in the present as we approach the future. You call us to leave the past behind so that we can follow you right now. You call us to learn from the past so that we can move forward, not be shackled by the past and repeat the same mistakes. You call us into the present to die daily so that new life can spring forth – thriving life. You call us into the present to be your presence to those around us. Help us to let go of nostalgia – the false belief of how things used to be, and instead take hold of the truth of the past, present, and future – the truth that you kingdom is unfolding in our midst. Make us instruments of your peace and participants in your kingdom. Amen.
Prayer for March 23: Please pray with me. Holy God, we come before you in preparation for something unique – an encounter with you. We are not prepared as we should be. We are not ready. We don’t know enough. But here we are. You determine when the time is right, when we know enough, when we are ready. And usually our time and your time don’t match up. Help us to latch onto you. Help us to let go of our expectations and instead to lean into you and your will. Guide our paths and journeys. Amen.
Prayer for March 21: Please pray with me. God of time, your timing if so different from our own. The way you interact with creation is far different than what imagine. To you, our time is but a fleeting second. But oh how we complain about time. We complain that we don’t have enough time, that we have too much time, that we don’t know how to use time appropriately, that we squander time, and more. Help us to shift our time perspective – to kairos time – your time. Amen.
Prayer for March 5: Please pray with me. God of life, today we raise up families who are experiencing the realities of death amongst them. Death sucks Lord. It is like the ripping of the fabric of life and reality. It tears people from one another and feels like eternity itself has been besieged. Death is one of the most difficult things in life to deal with. It feels so permanent. It shows us for who we are – fragile and not in control. But it is a part of our reality. But we thank you Holy One that death does not have the final say. We thank you that at the end of time, you promise us that death will be no more. You promise us that you will renew and transform us and all of creation. And then, the best part – you will come and dwell with us in the new creation. While we weep and mourn today, we wait with hopefulness for the fullness of your coming. Amen.
Prayer for February 26: Please pray with me. God of time, today we come to you to ask a special favor – help us to see the gift you give us in time. Time is the most precious commodity we have. Yet so often we waste it. Why? Why do we go day-to-day thinking that we are guaranteed so many more days? Yet, you know differently. Our days are limited. Help us to receive each day as a gift to be used as best we can – not in attempting to reach worldly success, but rather in striving to be your followers. Strengthen us for each day. Amen.
Prayer for Nov. 1: Please pray with me. God of the saints, today we remember your saints – those who have gone before us in faith. We hear your word: “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.” You are the God of the living, not the dead. Those who have died are not forgotten, but live in you. You hold them and us in the palm of your hands. So many live on the belief that history started when they were born and will end when they die. Yet, you tell us over and over again, that creation is so much bigger than us individually. Yet, we are not lost in creation either. You remember us. You remember your children. You remember your promises. You remember – we are not lost or forgotten. Thanks be to God! Amen.
Prayer for October 18: Please pray with me. God of our future, today we lift up our futures. So often we see images of a not-so-bright future based on our present. It’s easy to get sucked into a cloud of darkness. There is a great deal of negativity and gloom around us. Yet, you offer an alternative – a message filled with hope, mercy, forgiveness, peace. You offer us something unthinkable – to walk with us in the dark places of our lives and to be a light that shines in the darkness. We walk on a path that leads to places that we have no idea about. And you walk right along side of us. Help us to be vulnerable, to build trust and to be trusting. Open our hearts to respond to your call for us. Amen.
Prayer for October 6: Please pray with me. Holy God, you are the one true God. Yet, so often we turn to idols – those things which we put our trust in. But really, how ridiculous is that? All of these things are human made and eventually will fade away. All these things which we put our hope for the future will disappear and be forgotten. Yet for some reason we think it makes sense to put our hope and faith in them. That’s crazy Lord! But it makes sense if we believe that history started when we were born and will end when we die. Yet, deep down we know this is not true. You cut across time and space well before we arrived and will be here well after we die. And you offer us a promise of hope, a promise of resurrection in a renewed and restored world. We’d be crazy not to trust this promise, Holy God. You always keep your promises. Open our hearts to embrace your promise of hope. Amen.
Prayer for September 20: Please pray with me. Alpha and Omega, beginning and the end, today we come before you knowing that it is only you know the beginning and ending of all things. It is only you who know how it all happens. Help us to let go of having to know how things will turn out. Loosen our grip on the desire to control our surroundings, our lives, our possessions, and others. Not knowing is really scary for many people God, but we recognize that when it comes down to it, we know very little. Help us to embrace uncertainty in life and in so doing, walk in trust of you. Amen.
Prayer for September 19: Please pray with me. God of time, today we pray for something unique and different – a new way of seeing time. Help us to see time not in terms of the linear expression that we all experience – time as our enemy and something that we race against. Instead, help us to experience time differently – in moments in which we experience your in-breaking into creation. We claim and proclaim that you are alive and and active – yet so often we feel those are just words. Break into our routines and lives so that those words become life. And in so doing, let us be your hands and feet and carry this good news to all we meet so that their lives may be touched by you also. Amen.