Prayer for June 7: Please pray with me. God of rest, today we pray for all who seek your rest. We can’t keep going without rest Lord. Yet rest is so counter-cultural. Our society is grounded on working ourselves to death. Yet, you call us to something different – rest. Help us to answer this call for our lives and help others to rest as well. Amen.
Prayer for June 6: Please pray with me. God of service, today we pray for all who serve. Give them the strength they need to carry out your plans for their lives. Give them patience so they do not grow frustrated. Give them wisdom to know what to do. Amen.
Prayer for May 2: Please pray with me. God who proclaims Good News, today we ask for an abundance of Good News. There is just too much bad news that surrounds us each day – news that promotes division, hate, war, violence, and us vs. them. Let your Good News be proclaimed from the roof tops Lord – we are desperate for it. We need to hear life-giving news, thriving news, loving news, merciful news, peacemaking news, caring news. Shout out your news for all to hear – from nations all the way to individuals. 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 27: Please pray with me. God of judgement, today we pray for judges, lawyers, and law enforcement officials. We ask that you give them wisdom, patience, and grace that they may treat all fairly, justly, and with mercy. Amen.
Prayer for April 11: Please pray with me. God who teaches, today we remember how you Son went into the Temple one last time to teach. Bless the teachers in our lives. Bless teachers with patience, wisdom, and energy. Help us to be supportive of our teachers as they mold and form our children. Amen.
Prayer for March 30: Please pray with me. God of silence, today we thank you for moments of silence where noise is put away. So many in our culture fear silence, yet so often it is in silence that we can recognize your voice. Give us the courage to embrace silence, give us pause when we try to fill the void with noise or motion. Silence our minds and hearts so that we may be open to hearing you call us and to knowing how much you love us. Silence our excuses so that we might hear how you call us to serve. Help us to be silence for others so that they have room to know they are loved. Amen.