Prayer for August 2: Please pray with me. God who ends bondage, break the chains that keep us bound. Break the chains of others too. This isn’t just about our salvation, but about so much more. Without others chains being broken and people being set free, how are we truly free? You promise a vibrant community of faith Lord. Set us free from sin, from addictions, from poverty and homelessness. Set us free from our false identities. Set us free from anger and fear. Set us free from false beliefs. Set us free so that we may experience the fullness of life and proclaim this to others. Use us as tools that set others free. Amen.
Prayer for August 1: Please pray with me. God who comes to us, be with those who are without a home. You come to us in so many way. You come and send us out. You are a God who encounters us where we are. We ask that you encounter those who are homeless or who are living in places that are not homes – whether those places are shelters, motels, cars, vans, churches, benches, or other places. Let them know that they are not alone. That they are not forgotten. That there is hope. Use us Lord to touch these lives. To open our doors. To help where we can. Amen.
Prayer for July 31: Please pray with me. God who encounters us, you come to us over and over again. You do no rest from pursuing us. You encounter us. You do not relent. That is because you understand that an encounter with you changes our lives. You encounter us and change us in the encounter. Help us to do the same with those around us. Change us from our focus on ourselves to seeing the concerns of those around us. Change us from the inward focus on ourselves to seeing our interconnectedness with others. Change us from seeing ourselves as completely separate from others to identifying with those around us – especially those that are trapped in poverty, homelessness, human trafficking, domestic violence. Amen.
Prayer for July 27: Please pray with me. God of invitation, you do not stop inviting us. You invite us to mission – your mission. You invite us to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. You invite us to ministry. You invite us to discipleship. You invite us to resurrected life. Open our hearts to respond by saying yes. Open our heads to learn your ways and then to live them. Open our hands to do ministry. Thank you for the invitation. Amen.
Prayer for July 26: Please pray with me. God of love, you set for us an example of how to live. You show us the way. You lay claim to the process. You are not a God that believes that the ends justify the means. You care very much about the means, the way to the end. Just as good trees produce good fruit, you call us to good living to produce good fruit in our lives. Continue to show us the way, to invite us into a different way of living, being, and moving. Move us away from the failed ways of the world – ways that only lead to division, anger, fear, violence, war, and death. There is nothing special about these ways – they don’t work. Only your way works. Amen.
Prayer for July 25: Please pray with me. God who is special and unique, we come to you and ask that you open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts to your special way of life and living. All the human-made ideologies, idols, and false gods are not special in any way. Humanity uses them as validation for the violent nature that we possess – validation for war, control, violence, dehumanization, demean people, and more. These things are not from you. Far from it. You are a God of life, who brings life – even bringing life from that which was dead. Your way is special. Give us the strength to walk in your ways and along your paths. Amen.
Prayer for July 24: Please pray with me. God of life, you come to us over and over again. You bring life, even while we push you away and prefer things our way. Only, our way leads to death. Come to us, persist in your endeavor, in spite of us. Thank you for your persistence. Thank you for your devotion. Thank you for not giving up on us. Thank you for knocking us down when we get in the way of your will. Your kingdom is unfolding before us, regardless of our cooperation with you. Somehow, someway, I find that beautiful Lord. Our ways become a joke in comparison to you and your ways. Keep moving forward. Don’t stop. Embrace us and keep inviting us in. Thank you. Amen.