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.