Prayer for May 31: Please pray with me. Holy God, we pray for an end to violence – senseless violence, domestic violence, relationship violence, religious violence, political violence, violence directed at individuals and groups because of skin color, sexual orientation, nationality, gender, age, physical ability, helplessness, and more. In place of violence, let your love flow. Amen.
Prayer for May 29: Please pray with me. God who mourns, today in the US is Memorial Day – a day when we remember the sacrifice given by brave men and women in defense of freedom in this land. We pray for a day when men and women won’t have to lose their lives in war. We pray for peacemakers, that their work will move us to a day and time when war will cease. Amen.
Prayer for April 28: Please pray with me. God of the nations, today we pray for peace. Help leaders to recognize that peace isn’t a destination – something to be obtained if the circumstances work out that way. No, instead, help leaders and their people, to see that peace is a way of life, decision. It is not an easy decision, nor any easy road to follow. There will be plenty opportunities to put peace aside in favor of violence, war, division, revenge, and judgement. Yet, help us to set those easy paths aside. They all lead to the same result – death. Give us the courage to choose peace. Give leaders wisdom to choose peace for their people. Radically reorient those who choose a more violent path so that swords may be beaten into ploughshares. Amen.
Prayer for April 19. Please pray with me. On this Easter Wednesday we pray for an end to war. Humanity has lived by the rule that when you get hit, you hit back, only harder. Yet, where has this gotten us Lord?!? It has only brought more death and destruction. And for what? In this week of Easter, we pray that our hearts would be open to a new way of living and interacting with one another. Help us to see Christ’s example – when he was hit, he didn’t hit back, but he loved all the more. It’s not easy and frankly we can’t do this on our own. We really haven’t ever tried. We’ve given up before we’ve even given it a shot. So, step in Lord. Give us the courage to love, even when we get hit. It makes no sense in the world, yet it the only way to end the insanity. Amen.
Prayer for April 18. Please pray with me. On this Easter Tuesday we pray for the victims of terror, war, and violence. So often we are far removed from these evils – they seem to happen in far off lands and the victims are faceless and nameless to us. Yet we know that terror, war, and violence cause you to mourn. We ask that you act – that you bring not just an end to hostility, but also you breath peace to people involved in these evils. Amen.
Prayer for April 12: Please pray with me. Today we pray for all those who would betray friends and cause violence. We place these people in your hands Lord. We don’t know what to do or what to say when this happens. We feel anger, resentment, sadness, betrayal, and hurt. We trust that you Lord. If we had it our way, we would seek revenge. Yet, that is not your way. Thank you that this is not your way. Help us to go forward with our lives when we are hurt by others. Help us to mourn the loss of friendship and to heal as we need to. And we pray that your will, not our will, be done. Amen.
Prayer for April 4: Please Pray with me. God of the oppressed, today we remember Martin Luther King, Jr, on the day of his assassination. Let his memory be a lamp on a hill to shine forth and testify to your saving power that will bring forth justice to all people. Change our hearts and turn all away from violence. And we pray for all who would oppress others, who cause harm to others, to take away others’ humanity, and who dehumanize others. Help them to see that in doing these things to others, they also do them to themselves. Amen.