Prayer for December 22: Please pray with me. God who comes to us over and over and over again, we are upon another holy season – approaching a day set aside as holy. Yet, do we really understand this? Can we possibly really understand what it means for you to take on flesh and dwell with us? How easily we distract ourselves from the mysterious through material things. We buy, we entertain, we sing songs, we decorate, we put on a happy face. Yet we are truly afraid to look at our interior lives and how broken we are. We are truly afraid to embrace the gift that you bring. Why? Are we afraid to let go of the idea of control over our lives? Are we afraid to look inward because of what we would find? Are we afraid of the gift that you bring because it means that our lives will change? As scary as it is, Lord, open our eyes, our hearts, and our minds to seeing the true gift of Christmas – a radical act by you for us. Something that we contribute nothing to. Something that changes the world. And us. Amen.
Prayer for December 8: Please pray with me. God of peace, we seem to be spending an awful lot of time praying for peace, but not seeing the result. Make us instruments of your peace Lord. Use us and move us to be peace in the midst of violence. Make us instruments of peace where we are called to be peace to those around us. Amen.
Prayer for December 5: Please pray with me. God of all – yes, even (or maybe especially) the hypocrite, today we ask for a special blessing. We are all hypocrites at our core Lord. That is because we are all broken and see the world through our own brokenness. We all see our way as the best way – the right way. Yet, we don’t give those opposed to us a pass – that maybe they have a better way of going about things. Forgive us in our judgements, our attacks on people, our character assassinations, our efforts to make our opponents into something less than human – into fools. How foolish of us Lord! Forgive us and in so doing, move us to forgive those around us. Change our hearts and in so doing send us out to change hearts around us. Open our eyes to see the humanity of our opponents and to realize that they come to their conclusions for very good reasons – not because they are interested in destroying the world. Thank you for your patience with us Lord – we are slow to learn, yet you are quick to forgive. It makes no sense, but we are eternally grateful for this irrational love that you are. Amen.
Prayer for November 30: Please pray with me. God of the outcasts and the outliers. God of the oppressed and violated. Today we lift up those who are victims of sexual crimes. Their very humanity has been violated in unimaginable ways. They suffer and cry to you oh Lord. Where is the justice? Yet, the truth shall come out. Walk with victims of these crimes. Give them the comfort they need. Give them the justice they deserve. Give them the restoration of their body. Give them peace to go forward. We place the perpetrators in your hands too Lord. Let your will be done. Amen.
Prayer for November 28: Please pray with me. Holy God, the one who we belong to, forgive us when we wrap our identity into anything other than you. Forgive our small mindedness, when we define who we are based on human made things that will not last. Forgive us when we swear our allegiance to things that divide and separate, rather than bring us closer together. Forgive us when we pursue trivial things that blind us from seeing the humanity of the other. Forgive us when being right becomes most important. Radically reorient us and send your Spirit, Lord. Take the blinders off our eyes that we put over them. Open and clear our eyes to see that our identity comes from you, and only you. Open our minds to know that it is in you alone that salvation resides. Amen.
Prayer for October 12: Please pray with me. God of grace, today we ask for an extra dose of grace. We need it Lord. There are so many of us humans who are extremely judgemental. How did we to be this way? There are so many humans who are quick to point out the flaws and errors of other humans. How did we get this way? More importantly, will it always be this way? Please help us Lord – remove the judgementalism and the eye for flaws and errors. These are a disease and virus on our souls. They are not life-giving, but crushing. Instead, give us hearts of grace, mercy, and peace. Yes, especially to those that are most judgmental. Please. Amen.
Prayer for July 24: Please pray with me. God of the unexpected, today we ask that you surprise us. Open our eyes to see and our ears to hear your Word anew. Help us to hear your word of grace and love for those around us – friend and foe. Help us to see the humanity of those around us. Remind us that our job is not to judge and force others to be like us and adopt our version of “right.” Instead our job is to respond to the grace and love you give us by being wheat in the midst of weeds – to live differently, to proactively live out the kingdom, to forgive, to love, to care, to be peacemakers. Amen