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.
Prayer for September 5: Please pray with me. God of Sabbath, today we pray for all those who cannot or will not rest. There is much to do in our culture Lord. So often we make our work into an idol – yes an idol to be worshiped. What else can we call it when we devote so much time, energy, and attention to it. Yes, it is important, but… God, we ask that we would learn how to rest – really rest. To disconnect, to put the phone down, to leave notifications behind for a time. To realize that all of these things – the technology and devices – they all exist to serve us, yet so often the reverse seems to be the case. Open our eyes and hearts to hear your notification – that you call on us to rest so that we can live out our vocation refreshed and ready. And to do it in such a way that we aren’t consumed by it, but rather invigorated and ready. Amen.
Prayer for August 22: Please pray with me. God who created time, we ask that you bless the time we have here on earth. Give us the courage to do your will. Help us to speak out against injustices, to encourage people in their lives, to proclaim Good News, and offer hope. While we live in the time line of creation, you intersect our lives in time. You create kairos moments in which you encounter us in our journeys. Open our eyes to see those kairos moments, open our hearts to hear what you have in store for us, and open ourselves to be ready to respond to these holy moments. Amen.