Prayer for August 7

Prayer for August 7: Please pray with me. God of the hungry, feed us.  We heard in yesterday’s Gospel story that Jesus went to a desolate place – a place where there was no life and nothing of value.  Yet, when he showed up, people came, people were healed, and people were fed – both their stomachs and their spirits.  There are so many who hunger for so many things Lord.  There are many who hunger for food, hunger for love, hunger for mercy, hunger for forgiveness, hunger for community.  Feed us to overflowing in all of these things.  And in so doing, make us your instruments so that we can go out and feed the hungry around us through your abundance.  Amen.

 

Prayer for August 4

Prayer for August 4: Please pray with me. God of Truth, clear the blinders from our eyes.  Make us the blind man whom Jesus restored sight to.  Help us to see that we are not the ultimate arbiters of truth – only you are.  Move us away, far away, from our preferred binary beliefs that pit people against one another, that create the “good” and the “bad” people.  Push us far away from cornering people into either/or decisions.  Deep down we know that life is messy and full of gray.  That doesn’t mean that anything goes.  It means we are dealing with the reality of humanity.  And help us in our unbelief of thinking that our faith is based on what we believe.  If that is so, then our faith is pretty shaky and nothing more than a house of cards that is ready to cave in at any moment.  Open our hearts to live into trust in you, not knowing what the future holds, but knowing that you walk along side us as we journey forth.  Amen.

Prayer for August 3

Prayer for August 3: Please pray with me.  Calming God, today we pray for all who live in anger.  We pray for those who are victimized and turn to anger.  We pray for those who get a rush from being angry.  We pray for all those who have to experience the wrath of another person.  Calm our hearts.  Lower our emotions from the anger that burns within.  Help us to see that anger only destroys and does not build up.  Help us also to not have a blind eye to injustice around us.  Let us not be angry about it, thinking that in anger we are doing something, but rather be moved by it to point that we act.  Amen.

Prayer for August 2

Prayer for August 2: Please pray with me. Holy God, you capture our attention in wild ways.  You don’t need click bait to turn us to you.  Instead, you come to us, invite us into something deeper, more nourishing, than any product ever could – thriving life.  you open your arms to embrace us, yet so often we are looking for the next big thing that will satisfy our curiosity and addictions.  Oh how we miss the mark Lord.  Whisper in our ear that you satisfy the hungry heart.  Help us to see that there is nothing else that can satisfy us except you.  Amen.

Prayer for August 1

Prayer for August 1: Please pray with me. God of faith, today we ask that you would remind us where our faith lies – in you.  Our faith isn’t really ours to begin with, but rather is a gift from you.  Too many people stop talking with you because they say they lack faith or that their faith is weak.  That is true.  If our faith was based on us and how much we had and how strong our will power was, we’d be screwed.  Thank you for giving us faith – even when we don’t feel like we have it.  Thank you Lord for not waiting for us to move toward you, but for you coming to us.  Help us to see the faith that you instill in us, that grows in us, that changes us, and that drives us forward to do your will.  Amen.

Prayer for July 31

Prayer for July 31: Please pray with me.  God whose kingdom reigns over all, we are told that the kingdom of heaven is like a ravaging weed that takes over a field.  We like to hear that, but do we really?  We want to jump up and down and cheer when we hear that God’s kingdom is taking over and taking down the powerful and oppressive.  We love to hear this.  But do we really realize that this change also applies to us and our lives?  How scary is that Lord?  You want to take over all aspects of our life?  You won’t settle for portions that we select?  You want it all?  But, but, but…The kingdom of heaven isn’t interested in selective voluntary portion control.  God wants the whole kit and caboodle.  Help us in our fear of what this means for our lives.  Help us to let go of controlling parts of our lives that we desperately want to hold onto.  Remind us that you have much better plans in store for us.  Help us to let go of control and to be embraced by you so that we can in turn embrace others.  Amen.

Prayer for July 28

Prayer for July 28: Please pray with me.  God of silence, today we ask for a moment of silence.  We live in a world of constant noise and distraction.  Silence, when we experience it, often feels unnatural.  Yet, it is really often the only thing that makes much sense.  Silence our minds and hearts today Lord, even if only for a moment in time.  Silence our technology and gadgets.  In the space of that moment of silence, open our hearts, our ears, and our eyes to hear and see you – to hear your calling for us and to see how you encounter us.  And in hearing and seeing you and your call, open our hearts to being changed by you.  Then, prepare us to re-enter the noise and distraction – renewed, refreshed, and ready to go.  Ready to touch lives, to share good news, to carry out your call for us in this world.  Amen.