Prayer for October 17: Please pray with me. God of wonder, you are a mystery to us. Yet you make yourself known to us in many ways. We believe we are striving to find you, but in reality, all we are doing is running around thinking you are lost and that we have to find you. But you are not lost – we are. And you have us within your embrace. Yet, we flail around thinking we are drowning. But you surround us in a bath of love and mercy. Our perception is often tainted, much like a person who is color-blind and how they see the colors of the world. Scripture tells us repeatedly how you pursue us and come after us. Yet we keep running away, thinking that we are running to you. But we cannot escape you. You are. You have been. You will be. Everywhere. Amen.
Prayer for October 15: Please pray for me. God who reigns, overthrow the empires of the world. Empires exploit, oppress, kill, and destroy. Empires believe they are god. They believe they are the center of all life. But really they are nothing more than the embodiment of sin and death. Your kingdom is not an empire. your kingdom is based on far different priorities Lord. You call on us to love you and to love our neighbor. You call on us to show mercy, offer forgiveness, to care for each other, to welcome strangers, to feed the hungry, to release the captive. Your kingdom isn’t interested in conquering people and land, but rather in expanding to free people from empires and their ways. Amen.
Prayer for October 11: Please pray with me. God who rules creation, what are we to say? Empires have a long history in humanity. Empires contend with you Holy God. Empires try to take your place. Empires exploit, oppress, kill, and destroy. Empires, and their rulers, see themselves as gods. You are a God who judges empires. You bring empires to an end. You set the oppressed free from empires. You end exploitation of empires. You stop the killing of empires. You end the destruction of empires. You are a God who creates and heals. Embrace us in your kingdom and put a stop to empires in our world – whether those empires are military in nature, or cultural, or addictive, or show up in other ways. End the empires in our world. Amen.
Prayer for October 10: Please pray with me. Holy God, you are the author of life. It is you that determines the value of creation. You are the one who sets things in motion. It is you that we thank for the gift of life itself. Forgive us when we judge others while not knowing much about them. Forgive us when we think we can determine the value of someone based on our own biases and beliefs. Forgive us and open our hearts, minds, and eyes to seeing other possibilities of those around us. Clear out eyes so that we can se the Imago Dei, the Image of God, within each person we encounter. Amen.
Prayer for October 9: Please pray with me. God who is, who was, and who is to come, you are the all in all. We praise you and thank you for the gift of life. It is you that we owe our worship and praise to. Yet, we slip. We try to substitute in false gods – often things made in our own image and to our liking. These never work out. Forgive us when we stray from you. Turn us to hear you. Encounter us. Open us to receive your love and mercy. Amen.
Prayer for October 8: Please pray with me. God who values creation, open us to see and hear how you value us. Humanity is really good at devaluing other humans and creation. We live in scarcity and fear. Yet, you tell us over and over again – “Don’t be afraid.” It is a common theme. Open our ears to hear your message that you value us, and all of creation, because of who you are, not what we do. You value us because of whose we are, not what we produce. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer for October 7: Please pray with me. God of life, you breath life into us. Without you, we are just a valley of dry bones. But when you breathe your spirit into us, we become alive. You are the author and giver of life. Help us to live the life you intend for us. Align us with your will. Amen.