Prayer for October 11: Please pray with me. God who keeps on surprising us, help us today to see the world and all peoples in the way you see people. Just for a glimpse. I imagine it would be so shocking, as to blow our mind away. Where we see differences and divisions, anger and hatred, ideologies and beliefs – I can only imagine how you see people. I’m willing to bet that the only words that come close would be “Child of God.” Open our eyes to see others, all people, including our enemies, as a Child of God. And in so seeing others this way, soften our hearts to treat others as is they are children of God – regardless of the cost. Amen.
Prayer for October 10: Please pray with me. God of faith, today we ask that we would recognize the faith that you give us. Often we have clouded eyes and closed hearts and have convinced ourselves that we don’t have enough faith. Yet, you give us exactly what we need Lord. Often it is us who reject you and what you give us. Open our arms to receive you. Open our hearts to take you in. But also open our ears to hear that it is not us who choose you, but rather you that chooses us. And in so choosing us, transform us to follow you – fully, and regardless of the cost. Amen.
Prayer for October 6: Please pray with me. Holy God, you are the one true God. Yet, so often we turn to idols – those things which we put our trust in. But really, how ridiculous is that? All of these things are human made and eventually will fade away. All these things which we put our hope for the future will disappear and be forgotten. Yet for some reason we think it makes sense to put our hope and faith in them. That’s crazy Lord! But it makes sense if we believe that history started when we were born and will end when we die. Yet, deep down we know this is not true. You cut across time and space well before we arrived and will be here well after we die. And you offer us a promise of hope, a promise of resurrection in a renewed and restored world. We’d be crazy not to trust this promise, Holy God. You always keep your promises. Open our hearts to embrace your promise of hope. Amen.
Prayer for October 5: Please pray with me. God who is like a heart surgeon, today we ask for some major heart surgery. Yes Lord, we need you to look at our hearts – they are faulty. They lead us to believe that we are in control. They lead us to believe that it’s ok to exclude and divide. They lead us to believe that we are the exclusive holders of what is right. Cut away all the things that harm our hearts, that make our hearts hard. Use the surgeon’s knife to remove the pieces of our hearts that aren’t working the way you intend, and replace those parts with your will, mercy, love, and forgiveness. Give us hearts that are on fire for you and lead us to care out your will for us. Amen.
Prayer for October 4: Please pray with me. God of the universe, you have to be laughing. You have got to be laughing at humanity and our ridiculous attempts to control things here on earth. That works out so well so often doesn’t it? Lord help us, for our own sake. Strip us of our egos that make us think we know all the answers. Open our hearts to recognize that the game of politics and partisanship is something in which no one wins in the end. Instead, radically reorient us to a different way of living and being Lord. A way of life in which we care for our neighbors, regardless of who they are. A way of life in which we care for creation, so that it will be around for future generations. A way of life in which we empower people rather than enslave them or make them dependent on our political systems that seek to consolidate power for its own sake. Help us to see and know how ridiculous our power struggles are, and how dangerous and damaging they are to people. Amen.
Prayer for October 3: Please pray with me. Suffering God, we cry out to you. We plead with you. We area desperate to make the insanity, random violence, and death to end. We pray for the families of victims who suffer violence and death. We pray for the perpetrators and their families as well. We don’t understand Lord. Yet, understanding isn’t our calling. You call us to be your disciples and to be light in the midst of darkness. You call on us to see the reality of death in our midst, but to proclaim that death does not have the final say – You oh Holy God do. You are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. You call on us to live in the midst of suffering and pain and death. You call on us to stop trying to distract ourselves from these things because they are unpleasant and uncomfortable. Rather, you call on us to walk with people who experience these things so that another truth and reality may show forth – the reality of the a self-emptied Savior who does not abandon us, who goes with us in the midst of the crap of life and death, and who promises resurrection. We pin our hopes on this promise. Let this promise permeate our lives in how we act, what we do, what we say and type. Let it permeate us in such a way that it shows to others that you, Oh God, change lives in incredible ways. Amen.
Prayer for September 29: Please pray with me. God of community, today we pray for those who feel alone. Remind us that we are not alone, that you are always with us. Remind us that we are loved. Remind us that you are present. Help us to be your presence, your love, and your companionship to others who are suffering. Amen.