Prayer for August 22: Please pray with me. God of refuge, you offer us sanctuary when we seek forgiveness. Our churches and holy places are called places of sanctuary. A sanctuary is a place of refuge, a place that protects, a place that offers immunity from law. We are sinners Lord – we have broken your law, over and over. And we seek sanctuary before you. We seek your mercy and grace. We seek your forgiveness. We thank you for giving us sanctuary. Open our hearts to offer the same sanctuary to others. Amen.
Prayer for August 21: Please pray with me. God of wisdom, you come and share your wisdom in many ways. You share it through Scripture. You share it through stories and parables. You share wisdom in times of quiet and in times of tumult. Open us to receive your wisdom. Move us away from only seeing you as a source for answers. You aren’t Google, Lord. You are so much more. You are a relational God. And relationships are complicated and messy. Thank you for being relational. Amen.
Prayer for August 20: Please pray with me. God who prepares a place for us, be with all who have no place to call home – whether they are without shelter, or just feel lost where they are. Send these people family and friends to look out for them and to care about them – to let them know that they are not alone. Be with those who work with those who feel lost and are homeless. Give them strength and wisdom to encourage, empower, and care. Thank you for giving us a home in you. Amen.
Prayer for August 14: Please pray with me. God of our heart, you tell us that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also. Oh how we would like to reverse this. We’d much rather believe that our economic practices come from our reasoning, rather than guiding what it is that we actually believe and value and trust. How we use the money we have declares to the world what and who we worship. Ouch. Open us to changing our economic practices to be in alignment with your will. Open us to using our money in ways facilitate the unfolding of your kingdom here on earth. Open us to using our money to care for the poor and the outcast. Open us to using our money in ways that do not exploit the earth. Open us to use our money in ways that show true worship of you. Amen.
Prayer for August 13: Please pray with me. God who still speaks, your Word is a refuge for us. It comforts the afflicted. It also afflicts the comfortable. Forgive us when we are the comfortable that need to be afflicted. Too often we turn your Good News into something like a weapon meant to crush our opponents, to hold in bondage those who are poor and oppressed. Your Good News frees those in bondage, is Good News for the poor, is welcome for the stranger, is healing for the sick, is satisfaction for those who hunger for justice. Let you Word work through us and change us so that we may participate in the unfolding of you kingdom in our midst. Amen.
Prayer for August 2: Please pray with me. God who encourages, be our strength when we grow weary. So often, following you can feel lonely. We are grateful for those times when we discover that we are not alone. We are refreshed and renewed by words of encouragement and gratitude. We are revived when we find others who are on the journey of faith. Keep us going. Amen.
Prayer for July 31: Please pray with me. God who comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable, be with your servants. Give courage to those who speak out against injustice and inhumanity. Give courage to those who proclaim your kingdom to a world that is more interested in it’s own kingdoms. Give courage to those who are theologians of the cross – those who call evil what it is. Give courage to those who refuse to have blurred vision and refuse to see the Imago Dei in each person. Give courage to those who ask uncomfortable questions and state inconvenient truths. Give courage to those who make a public witness for the oppressed, exploited, and afflicted. Give courage to those who speak out in opposition to racism and all beliefs that dehumanize and devalue people. Give courage. Let your will be done Lord. Give us the courage to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. Amen.