Prayer for April 11: Please pray with me. God of love, there are some people who we find really difficult to love Lord. I mean really difficult. We’d rather yell profanity at them. It certainly would feel better. But you call us to love even these people. This is not easy Lord. I mean seriously God – you mean I have to love the person I can’t stand?!? The person who drives me up a wall at even the mention of their name? Really? But wait, I wonder how many people think the same thing about us? For how many people are we the person they can’t stand? For how many people are we the one who drives someone else up the wall? For how many people are we the one the causes someone to scream profanities? Ouch. That hurts. Help us to love – especially those we don’t like. Help those that don’t like us to love us too. We need it Lord. Loving someone doesn’t mean we have to like them or like what they do. And sometimes it means that the best way to love someone is to avoid them all together so that we don’t do something that we might regret or something that would cause harm to another. Let us start with that if we must Lord. You know what we need God. Encounter us with your grace, forgiveness, mercy, and love so that we can share these things with others – especially those we don’t care for. Give us huge doses of these things – we need them. And we need to give huge doses away too. Amen.
Prayer for April 10: Please pray with me. God of silence, all too often we are busy and distracted. We can’t hear you when you speak to us. Be with us now as we take a moment to stop and listen. Help us to turn our minds off for a moment – to stop the constant activity and noise. Help us to just be and to just listen for you. Amen.
Prayer for April 9: Please pray with me. God of faith, you give us faith as a gift. Help us to use this gift to advance your kingdom. But so many of us will sit and wait though – we want a clear path and clear insight into what we are to do. We want answers Lord. Yet, you send people out without any answers more often than not. Why? Is it so that those you send will rely on you as opposed to their own insights? Is it because that is a key ingredient of faith? Is it so that we can experience what hope really means? Send us Lord. We have doubts and questions – and you welcome them. We want to know – and you send us anyway. Amen.
Prayer for April 6: Please pray with me. God of travelers, guide the path of the traveler. But also help us to see that we are all travelers – we are on the journey of faith in our lives and in the journey of life in faith. Your Word is a map for us to follow. You put people along the path to be guides and companions on the journey. You give us times of respite when we need it. We come across people who are with us on our journey for a time and then go. You offer us hostels to stay for a period of time – places that we call churches. Some us stay at a hostel for longer than others. But eventually our journey ends and our long-awaited sleep begins. We will sleep soundly until the dawn of the new day when you return and wake us from our sleep to the resurrection and a renewed, restored, and transformed world and life. We look forward to this time. Amen.
Prayer for April 4: Please pray with me. God of the Universe, you are the end all and be all of existence. You are the Alpha and the Omega. Forgive us when we put ourselves in your place. We aren’t you. But we need you. Touch our lives. Set our hearts burning with justice, peace, and love. Amen.
Prayer for April 3: Please pray with me. Eternal Word, you send your life saving and life-giving word out to the nations. You have spoken through prophets, saints, ancient fathers and mothers, holy men and women, the written word, and more. In the Gospel of Matthew you tell us that what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart. Let the words that come out of our mouth bring you glory, offer words of forgiveness, peace, mercy, grace, and love. Let us speak truth with love and not use truth as a device to beat our opponents into submission. Let our thirst for being in control and being right be starved and die before it kills others’ humanity. Let our leaders speak words that lift up the people they represent. Let the words that they speak that create walls of separation and that demean people be silenced. And let us respond to such rotten fruit in a manner that builds up the kingdom of God and does not succumb to partaking in it. If we truly believe that your Word changes hearts, minds, and the world, then let us speak these words, believe them, and to trust that you your will is moving forward in spite of the apparent odds. Rotting fruit doesn’t last – only the fruit of your Word lasts. Amen.
Prayer for March 30: Please pray with me. Holy God, today we pray for Christians as they remember Good Friday – the day in which Jesus went through death for the sake of creation. The day in which Jesus defeated Sin and Death, so that they would not have the final say. We need to experience death in order to better appreciate resurrection. This is what it means to deny oneself, pick up one’s cross and to follow Jesus. It is Jesus getting in our face, making us uncomfortable and inconvenienced, and transforming us – now and in the future. Give us the faith that we can respond in trust to this call. Amen.