Prayer for March 16, 2020: Please pray with me. God who encounters us, open our eyes. Open us to seeing the abusive and unhealthy systems around us. We may even be caught in such a system and not realize it. Put an end to abusive systems Lord. Put an end to passive aggressiveness, manipulation, uncomfortable touch, demeaning language, taunting, and more. These are not normal. They are not your way either. Have mercy when your church and its representatives are guilty of such abuse. Set the captive of such abuse free. And radically reorient those who perpetuate abusive and unhealthy systems. Amen.
Prayer for March 20, 2020: Please pray with me. God who calms the raging seas of life, we ask that you show up and calm the storms around us. We are surrounded by fear, anger, panic, and scarcity. But you are a God who keeps reminding us to not be afraid. How easy those words come to us when everything is under control. How easy it is for us to wave them away or make excuses for why they don’t apply in times of trouble. Why must we be fair-weathered followers? Do we really believe in you? Or do we believe that we believe in you? You are a God of abundance. But that abundance often doesn’t show itself in ways that we expect. You are a God who calms the storm. But again, not in ways that we like. Open us to your ways – knowing that your ways are not our ways. Our minds are not like yours. Change our hearts. Let us go from panic and fear to trust in you. That is scary for many. But the alternative is far riskier. Amen.
Prayer for March 10, 2020: Please pray with me. God of nations, we pray for all those who are dealing with infectious disease, whether that be COVID-19 or any other infectious disease. We pray that those who are sick may recover. We pray that people take proper precautions. We pray that the masses take heed of your words that you have spoken throughout Scripture – “Do not be afraid.” In this message, you aren’t promises that everything turns out just dandy and fine. Instead, you promise that you will be with us, regardless of what happens. Amen.
Prayer for March 9, 2020: Please pray with me. God who creates, create in us a clean heart. We are told in your Scripture that you create humans in your image and likeness. If we are made this way, why do so many have difficulty seeing your image in our fellow human beings? How has this been so difficult for humanity over the eons? Why do we insist on not seeing your image in others? I don’t know. Regardless of what others will do, or how they will see, create in me a clean heart. Create in me clear eyes that may see you in the people around me. Create in me an openness to see your image. Amen.
Prayer for March 4, 2020: Please pray with me. God who creates in your own image, open our eyes. Let us see reality – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Let us see our brokenness. Let us see the image of God in one another. Let us see how we need you. Open our eyes to see how false idols corrupt us. Then open our hearts to let go of these false idols. Our ourselves to repentance and transformation. Open us to forgiveness. Open us to your love. And then make us an instrument. An instrument of your peace. An instrument of your love, grace, and mercy. Amen.
Prayer for March 2, 2020: Please pray with me. God of life, you are the essence of what life is about. Things that are alive change, adapt, grow, and transform. That is you. You are alive. And it is what you offer each one of us. Too often we claim to fear change. But really, it is not change that we fear. We fear no longer being in control, knowing what is going to happen. We fear losing whatever privilege we may have. We fear not being the center of it all. But why? If we were really in control, we wouldn’t have anything to fear. Maybe what we really fear is finding out that it was a lie we told ourselves that we were ever in control. But your message gives us a different message – an empowering message. A message that says that we are not in control. A message that allows us to be who we are – fully. A message that tells us that you love us anyway. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer for February 28, 2020: Please pray with me. God of the seasons, as we enter the season of Lent may we fully embrace the opportunity of Lent. This is a season of preparation. A season in which we encounter you in unpleasant ways. This is a season in which we intentionally look at death – where it on our face on Ash Wednesday. This is a season in which we are challenges to ask ourselves – what needs to die in me? Help us to let go of the things that separate us from you. Empower us to let die the things that prevent us from loving you and our neighbor. Give us the courage to let die those things, ideas, beliefs, attitudes, and loyalties that we cling to that prevent us from seeing the Image of God in others and see your handiwork in creation. Let this Lent be a holy season in which we let death do it’s work, so that we may experience resurrected life in our lives. Amen.