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 January 12: Please pray with me. Holy God, communication can be a blessing or a curse. So often we use the tongue and our fingers in ways we are not proud of. Too often because we are not face-to-face we think we can speak or type in an unfiltered way as if being rude, name calling, attacking, shaming, and unprofessional online will not hurt anyone. The reality is that it hurts all who are exposed to it and beyond. It hurts the receiver who has been directly attacked. It hurts others who read the words and respond with a range of emotions. It hurts others who are exposed to such anger, arrogance, and wrath in indirect way. It hurts the one who speaks and types too – judgement befalls them from their own hand and mouth. Change our hearts Lord – away from concern for being right to concern for the other person’s well being. This doesn’t mean we will agree on topics or issues. We’re asking not for conformity, but humanity in dealing with each other. Remind us Christians that the mouth and hands that speak and type words of anger and wrath on keyboards are also the same mouth and hands that receive your body and blood. Soften our words and make our hands embracing hands, not fists of fury. Amen.
Prayer for September 21: Please pray with me. God of all creation, today we come to you in thanksgiving. We thank you for this summer as it ends. We thank you for the blessings we received during this season and look forward to a new season set to dawn on us. Just as the seasons change and we ask that you work on our hearts and minds to change us to be instruments of your grace, mercy, and love. As the leaves begin to change and fall from the trees, we ask that anger, fear, and pride would be changed in us and fall from our very being. Change our reality just as the world around us changes. So that in changing our reality, we may respond in what we do and how we interact with those around us and with the world we live in. Amen.
Prayer for July 18: Please pray with me. God of the lost, today we pray that we would be open to being found. There are many, so very many people, who are lost in this world. They wander, they seek truth, they seek meaning. They are sick and seek health. They are angry and they seek revenge. They are afraid and they seek security. They are bored and they seek to be entertained. They have a hole to fill in their life, and yet they keep trying to fill it on their own. You are the only thing that will fill that hole to make us whole. Help us to be open to hearing and seeing you in our lives. Help us to open our arms to receive you and in receiving you, send us out to be your hands and feet – to go to those who seek, to those who are empty, to those who are angry, to those who are afraid – and offer the only thing that will fill the void – you. Amen.
Prayer for July 15: Please pray with me. How long oh Lord? How long must our cries rise up to you? How many people must be killed for who they are? How many must be scapegoated? How many must be our enemies? Why must we insist in creating an us and a them? Help me understand, oh Lord. We see attacks and we want to respond in anger and with vengeance. We hear the scapegoating and we want to scream in frustration. But we are reminded, time and again, that responding in anger will only bring more anger and more violence. We are reminded that frustration will only lead to giving up. Instead, Holy God, we pray that you make us an instrument of peace, today and every day. That you make us an instrument of mercy, forgiveness, and healing. Not just in word, but in action as well. Give me the courage to be these things in a world that rejects them, but desperately needs them. Amen.
Prayer for July 8: Please pray with me. God who hears our mourning, today we pray for an end to all violence and brutality. We cry out to you “when will the violence end? When will the brutality end? When will the killings end?” We ask questions, we cry tears, we shout out in anger. We don’t understand. When will we get it – that violence can only birth more violence, brutality birth more brutality, killing birth more killing, anger birth more anger, justified violence only leads to more justified violence. Regardless of the color of skin of the victim, we cry out to you oh Lord “Make it stop. Stop the insanity.” Hear our cry oh Lord. Make me an instrument of your peace. You call us to be peacemakers, not waiting for someone else to start. Let us begin. Amen.
Prayer for May 24: Please pray with me. Holy God, today we pray for discernment. Help us to see clearly – to see clearly where there is fear, anger, and anxiety. To see clearly where there is faith, hope, love, and calmness. Help us to discern those who are in the grip of fear and anger and those who hold tightly to it. Breath your love into them and release them from these shackles. Make us peacemakers in a word of division and strife, fear and anger. Let us be your hands that offer a gentle touch to all who need it. Amen.