Prayer for May 22: Please pray with me. God of transformation, you are a God who lays claim to us. You are not a God who offers suggestions, but rather, a God who wants the entire us. You want to change us and transform us. You want to bring new life out of us. And you are a jealous God. You don’t like to share with other gods that we have created. Remind us that our politics are not our true identity Lord. You are a God who is the foundation of our lives. Give us the courage to respond to your claims on our lives. Amen.
Prayer for May 18: Please pray with me. God of the nations, we lift up all people. They are your creation – your children. Who are we that we think we get to decide who has value and who does not? We are made in your image Lord – because of that, everyone has value and worth. Even the people that go against you. Even the people who commit crimes and do terrible things. It doesn’t seem fair. They act like animals, should they not be treated like animals. Yet, your answer is a resounding no. People are not animals – they are people. Amen.
Prayer for May 17: Please pray with me. God who is love, today we pray for those who believe in violence. Those believe that violence is an acceptable way to solve problems, to get what they want – whether that violence is physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual in nature. We pray for those that do violence to others. We lift them to you Lord. We also pray for the victims of violence. Sooth them, comfort them. Right the wrong that was done to them, O God of Justice. And let violence cease. It has outlived it’s usefulness. Let it die, never to return. Never in our actions towards others or the rest of your creation. Never in our relationships. Never in our words. Never. Amen.
Prayer for May 16: Please pray with me. Blessed are you, Lord our God, king of the universe. We offer up our worship to you. And we recognize that not all worship you. There are many who worship the Empire and Caesar instead. They worship the power and might of the Empire and the strength of their Caesar. But this is not new – Empire and Caesar are old religions that you have faced throughout time, Holy One. We know where Empire and Caesar leads – to death and destruction. But you lead us ultimately to life – renewed life, transformed life, resurrected life. You call on us to die to self and all the things of this world – to die to the worship of Empire and Caesar. Radically reorient us towards you, so that we may know how you embrace us, O God of Love. You are God, we are not. Guide our paths and lead us to you. Amen.
Prayer for May 15: Please pray with me. Holy One, today we pray about control. We lie to ourselves in believing that we are in control of our lives – that we are the arbiters of what will happen to us and when. This is ridiculous. All we need to do is look around us and see how little control we have over our lives. But we fear not being in control Lord. We are afraid of not knowing what will happen. We are afraid and so we turn to things that off us a false sense of security, control, and knowing. Forgive us for turning to these things instead of you. Turn us towards you Lord – radically reorienting us to you – so that we can hear your message for us. A message that tells us that we are not alone. A message that says we don’t have to figure it out by ourselves. A message that says that we are loved in immeasurable way. Amen.
Prayer for May 14: Please pray with me. God of the oppressed, the question that rises up is “how long?” How long, oh Lord? How long will those without a voice be silenced. How long will those who are without power be squashed? How long will those who are not considered normal be subject to rejection just for being who they are? How long will divisions be allowed to determine people’s worth and value? How long will the -isms continue to choke humanity to death? How long? How long will the poor be stuck in a black hole with no way out? How long? The day is coming when the world will be flipped right side up again. When there will be restoration, renewal, and transformation. We look forward to that day. And we seek to bring that day forward. Guide us on our paths as you invite us to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. Amen.
Prayer for May 11: Please pray with me. Holy God, you comfort the sorrowful and those that mourn. So often we are told that weeping is a sign of weakness and that we are supposed to be strong. But you know better. Weeping is a sign of being vulnerable, of caring deeply. I can only imagine how many times you have wept Lord. I imagine you weep every time your Good News is rejected in favor of us wanting to do things our way. I imagine you weep every time you are rejected in favor of us wanting to use you as a tool to support our own agendas. I imagine you weep every time you hear us pray for things that are in opposition to who you are – prayers of revenge, prayers of war, prayers of nationalism, prayers of separation, prayers of greed, prayers of selfishness. You weep. And we weep with you. How long oh Lord? How long? When will we truly know, truly be embraced, truly be changed enough – changed to turn from our selfish ways and turned back towards you. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Comfort them Lord. Amen.