Prayer for August 16

Prayer for August 16: Please pray with me. God of forgiveness, today we pray a really difficult prayer – a prayer we’d rather not pray.  There seems to be a lot of these prayers lately Lord.  Today, we pray for white supremacists.  Yes, those people.  The people we would rather shout and curse at.  The people we’d rather slap up side the head to knock some sense into.  The people we have great difficulty loving or showing any kind of love towards.  Yet, somehow they are a part of your creation too.  We don’t understand them Lord.  In a sense, we don’t want to.  We just want the craziness to stop, the racism to end, the violence to cease.  St. Silouan once said that the man who cries out against evil men but refuses to pray for them will never know the grace of God.  That’s not easy Lord.  Yet, here are.  We are praying for these people.  We pray an imperfect prayer, a prayer that feels so odd and where our words are carefully crafted and yet uncertain at the same time.  Ultimately our prayer can only be this – we place these people in your hands Lord.  Give us the courage and strength to confront evil when we see and hear it.  But help us to confront it in a way that brings life to people and creation – not destruction.  Help us to show an alternative so that we don’t adopt the same techniques and strategies as those who proclaim a gospel of hate and fear.  Soften their hard hearts.  Open our hearts and teach us to show love for those we find unlovable.  Touch our imaginations so we can see how we are to love these people and in so doing unleash love’s power to change lives – even those lives that seem unchangeable.  Help our unbelief that these people could never change.  Change their hearts and minds as only you can Lord.  We want a miracle.  We need a miracle.  We ask for a miracle.  We are desperate for a miracle.  Help us to believe that it is not only possible, but that it is unfolding right before our eyes and in our hearts.  And in so doing, dare we say it, make us an instrument of your peace and the most unlikely of miracles.  Amen.

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Prayer for July 18

Prayer for July 18: Please pray with me.  Patient God, we have so much to pray for.  We pray for all those who are insistent that they, and only they, are right – right about you, right about others, right about ideas, right about faith, right about creation, right about policy, right about so much.  Being right has to be exhausting Lord.  Give these souls rest from trying to save everyone else because of their “wrong” beliefs about any number of things.  Remind us that you are our salvation and that saving others is your job – not ours.  Help us to see that your ways are not our ways and that we don’t know better than you do in how to order the cosmos.  Amen.

Prayer for March 27

Prayer for March 27: Please pray with me. God who never gives up, today we pray for all those who have given up – given up on trying, given up on family, given up on a job, given up on hope, given up on relationships, given up life.  Send your Spirit to all who have given up, sit with them in their despair, send us to be with those who have given up – not to convince them to keep plugging away or pull themselves up by their bootstraps.  Rather, send us to be present, to listen, to offer a tender touch and a warm word, so that all who have given up know that they are not alone in the world, that they will not be alone, and they we will stay with them in their time of despair.  Amen.

Prayer for February 10

Prayer for February 10: Please pray with me. God of silence, today we thank you for the moments of silence that grace our lives.  We need silence Lord.  There is too much noise, too many distractions, too much talking and not enough listening, too much noise pollution.  All the noise and chattering creates so much anxiety around us.  Help us to be silent more often, to create a space for silence and reflection, a space for pause and calm.  Create in me a silent heart oh Lord, so that I can hear your calling for me.  Amen.

Prayer for January 19

Prayer for January 19: Please pray with me. God who overcomes fear, come to our aid today. There is a great deal of fear in our world today Lord.  We fear change.  We fear government. We fear other nations.  We fear the unknown.  We fear what will be lost.  We fear what will be gained.  We fear death.  Fear grips so many, Holy God.  Loosen it’s ugly grip on us.  Open our eyes to see past the blur of fear to hear you promise for us.  You deliver Good News, help us to hear it.  Help us to see that sometimes fear is not a bad thing.  Give us wisdom to discern this. Amen.