Prayer for April 9, 2020: Please pray with me. God of creation, you create amazing things out of nothing. You bring order out of chaos. You call us into new ways of living. Yet, so often we resist your ways because we see that we are not in control of them. Too often we embrace the lie that the serpent told Eve in the garden – that we would be like God. That we would be in control. Being in control and desiring to be in control is the first sin. It is pride. And it leads to death. You call us away from pride – away from turning inward on ourselves. You call us outward – to service. Outward to Shalom – wholeness and completeness. You call us to Imago Dei – seeing the image of God in all around us. This is a new way for so many of us Lord. But clear our eyes so that we may see your ways in new ways. That we may see the holiness of your ways. That we may desire to be embraced by these ways. That we may live by these ways. And in so doing, we would participate in the unfolding of your kingdom in our midst. Amen.
Prayer for April 8, 2020: Please pray with me. God of grace and mercy, you come to us in ways that we cannot contain you. How do we measure up? Well, if we are honest, we fail. But that’s ok because it’s not about what we are able to offer you, or how we are able to please you. Rather, it’s about what you do. We are incapable to doing anything to earn your love, grace, mercy, or anything else. But you provide anyway. You do it because that is your nature. You do it because you are the very essence of love and that is what love is all about. It is only then that we can respond to what you are doing. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer for April 7, 2020: Please pray with me. God of life, you are the giver of life. You are a God who overcomes death. You are a God who tells us and shows us that death is not the end of the journey, but merely a stop on the journey. Too often we fear our own mortality. We fear death. But over and over again you send messengers and you tell us yourself – Do not be afraid! No wonder it has to be repeated to us so much. Sin makes us think we are completely separate from you, from others, and from the rest of creation. As if independence were actually possible – or desirable. If we were truly independent, we would have no need to anyone or anything else. How lonely that would be. Instead, you show us that we are interdependent. We need others. Help us to show that need in loving ways and to serve one another. Amen.
Prayer for April 3, 2020: Please pray with me. God of Shalom, oh how we desire your wholeness, your completeness, your tranquility. But do we really? We claim that we do. But that would mean we would have to give us some beliefs and ideas about what wholeness really means. It would mean we’d have to love our enemy. We’d have to make room for those we don’t like and don’t want to tolerate. We’d have to be good stewards of all you give us including the earth. We’d have to reject idols that we have a strong hold of. We’d have to stop listening to false gods like money and partisan loyalty. We’d have to be radically reoriented. That’s impossible for us to do. Thankfully, we can’t do it. Only you can. We are completely out of control in regard to this. But you grace us with your Spirit. You empower us to respond to the faith you give us. You turn us towards you. Turn us. Give us the courage to stop blocking you and instead to be embraced by you. Amen.
Prayer for April 2, 2020: Please pray with me. God who so loved the cosmos, you go to great lengths to show that love. Our ways are not your ways. We’d do things differently. But that doesn’t mean we’d do better. You show up. You are a God who shows up – over and over again. You show up and transform people’s lives. You reveal truth to us because you are the Truth. Allow us to receive that truth. Amen.
Prayer for March 30, 2020: Please pray with me. God of truth, open our eyes and hearts to your truth. We tell ourselves lies. Our vision is blurred by sin. We listen to idols for how to live. And their ways fail us. But why do we keep listening to them? Why do we turn our face away from you? You are the way, the truth, and the life. Yet, why do we not go running to you? Why do we not see that you are the only real option? I don’t know. Radically reorient us towards you. You desire to be in right relationship with us. How amazing! And after all of our turning away from you, you still seek us out – to draw us into your embrace. Why? The only glimpse of an answer I have is this – that you are love and love is so overwhelmingly amazing that it must be shared. Not to consume us, but rather to expand who you are in and through us. For us to be united with you. Amazing. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer for March 26, 2020: Please pray with me. Cruciform God, you know what it means to suffer, to experience pain, to die. In your incarnation, you became fully human and experienced the harsh reality of what it means to live in the flesh. You showed us that you were willing to go all the way to death for the cosmos. What kind of love is this? It is foreign to so many that want a small god, a controlled god that fits into a box – a god that can be taken out when it is convenient. And a god that can be put away when inconvenient. Too many aren’t really interested in knowing you or following you. Too many would rather have a small faith that doesn’t inconvenience them, doesn’t demand anything, that acts like a website that allows them to place an order and receive it. But that is not who you are. You are an incarnate God who gets in our face and life, who wants to be in relationship with us, who offers a way to live, and who expresses costly love. You are a God who is all in and calls on us to be all in with God. That is costly love. That is costly discipleship. It is love that costs everything we have and are. It is discipleship that costs us everything – even our very lives. You call on us to die, so that resurrection can happen. Not just at some point in a distant heaven, but now – in the place where we are. We are called to die to self each day so that resurrected life can take its place. Amen.
Prayer for March 24, 2020: Please pray with me. God of wisdom, we pray that you would instill your holy wisdom into our leaders at the national, state, and local levels of government. Let our political leaders put to death their partisan loyalties and identities so that the welfare of the nation may become the first priority. These are difficult times Lord, as you know. These are time in which character matters and the facade of what we want to present to the world is stripped away. All that is left is who we truly are. We pray that our leaders would radically reorient themselves towards you. We also pray that we would let go of our own facades. Let us look in the mirror and be honest with ourselves and you. Let us be honest about what it is that we truly value. Empower us to be in alignment with your will. Amen.
Prayer for March 23, 2020: Please pray with me. God of life, you breath the breathe of life into all living beings. Breath on and through us – give us your Spirit. It is that breath of life that move us, transforms us, and gives us meaning. So many in our world struggle with meaning – they feel lost. Send your spirit on your people. Amen.
Prayer for March 19, 2020: Please pray with me. Faithful God, you give us the gift of faith. You are always the one who acts first. You love us first, so that we can love in response. You give us faith to remind us that we can’t do this life on our own. You did not create us to be islands. You did not create us to go it alone. How silly for us to think that. As Christians, we believe in a Trinity – a divine community. Even you don’t go it alone. Free us from the notion that we have to do life on our own. Let us be fully embraced by you. Let us then go out and share your Good News with all around us. Amen.