Prayer for August 14: Please pray with me. God who comes to us in the tumult of life, today we pray a prayer we’d rather not pray. As the events of the last couple of days in Charlottesville, VA settle down, we pray for for the family of the person who lost their life. Give them the strength they need to get through these difficult times. We pray for the counter protestors – to give a strong voice to the voiceless. We pray that those who counter extremists would be given wisdom and courage to respond in effective ways that shift the attention away from extremists and their message to a message of hope, love, and radical inclusiveness that you give us Lord. And finally we pray for those who are consumed by fear and hatred. We place them in your hands Lord because we just don’t understand how anyone can thrive with these beliefs. We place them in your hands Lord because we just don’t know who to reach people consumed by fear and hatred. We place them in your hands Lord because we just don’t know what to do with them. Guide our words towards those who see the world completely different. Guide our hearts in the tumult of life. Amen.
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 July 7: Please pray with me. God of leadership, where do we begin? Our culture seems to lack leadership – leadership that creates an environment where all can thrive, where there can be peace, where we pursue justice, where we are good stewards, where we treat others with respect. Give leaders wisdom to know that leadership is best when it seeks the good for as many as possible. Amen.
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.