Prayer for January 3: Please pray with me. Patient God, when will we learn? How many times will we mess this up? We claim to be your followers, yet we swear our allegiance to so many other things and put these things before you. We claim that you are our God, yet so often we follow the wishes of idols. We claim that you are the who forms our beliefs, yet so often our set of beliefs are nothing more than platform statements of the political party we swear allegiance to. Yet, all these things will pass and fade with time. They will be forgotten to history. And then what? What will remain? Only you. How patient you are Eternal One. How patient you are with us. Radically reorient us to follow your Word and ways of life. To embrace forgiveness, peace, love, grace, and joy. Embody these things within us and make us so uncomfortable that we actually change. Sometimes our comfortable lives and ways lead us to our downfall. Raise us up in uncomfortableness God. Amen.
Prayer for October 27: Please pray with me. God who fixes things, be the great repairer of our lives. So often we plan out so much, yet it doesn’t turn out the way we want it to. So often, many say to you “I never expected life to go this way.” But also help us to see that it is not our plans that ultimately matter – rather it is your will and the unfolding of your kingdom that matters. Open our hearts and align our wills with this unfolding. Make us open to this – especially when it doesn’t look like what we planned, which happens to be most of the time. Amen.
Prayer for October 24: Please pray with me. Eternal Word, we pray that you would speak words of mercy and understanding through each one of us. Speak words of forgiveness when we screw up. Speak words of compassion when there is confusion. Speak words of dignity when we feel we have had our humanity taken away from us. Speak words of reconciliation when we are caught in division. Amen.
Prayer for August 29: Please pray with me. God who is, today we pray for wisdom. Give us insight to be able to tell others about you. Not is ways that push people away. Rather in ways that share how you change people’s lives. It is in sharing this good news with others that conversations open up, relationships are built, and there is thriving life around us. Make us instruments of your peace and builders of community. Amen.
Prayer for August 25: Please pray with me. God of community, today we pray that you would lay a foundation of trust in our relationships. Trust takes a great deal of work and when it is destroyed, it takes so much time and energy to restore. Without trust, we become selfish, only looking out for ourselves. That makes us small. Holy God, expand us in ways that surprise us. You instill faith in us and call on us to respond with trust to your call. Give us the courage to answer that call – to take a leap of faith and to trust you. You never fail us. Amen.
Prayer for August 17: Please pray with me. Radical God, today we pray that you would radically change us and touch our lives in radical ways. When John the Baptist yells out “Repent!” he is calling on us to radically reorient our lives towards God. We read about radicals and those one the extremes of the political spectrum and we don’t know what to do or how to respond. Yet, how radical is it for people to be consumed by fear and hatred and turn to violence as an answer to their problems. That’s not radical at all – that’s the majority of human history thanks to sin. Radically reorient us Lord to be true radicals – to actually live out what we claim in our identity as children of God. Let us live out Proverbs call to embrace wisdom. Let us live out Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Let us live out the call to love our neighbor and our enemies, to feed the hungry, cloth those who need clothing, to shelter the homeless, to visit the sick and imprisoned, to care for the orphan and widow. That is radical. That is what we are called to. Give us the courage to be radical in ways that the world doesn’t understand and ridicules. Amen.
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.