Prayer for September 15: Please pray with me. God of calmness, today we pray for our anxious-ridden society. Instill in leaders a desire and the knowledge to create environments where people and societies can thrive. If leaders are a cause of the anxiety, touch their hearts to change, or cause people to change who is in leadership roles. Open our eyes to recognize anxiety in our society and systems. Help us to be a calm presence for others. Amen.
Prayer for February 10: Please pray with me. God of silence, today we thank you for the moments of silence that grace our lives. We need silence Lord. There is too much noise, too many distractions, too much talking and not enough listening, too much noise pollution. All the noise and chattering creates so much anxiety around us. Help us to be silent more often, to create a space for silence and reflection, a space for pause and calm. Create in me a silent heart oh Lord, so that I can hear your calling for me. Amen.
Prayer for January 13: Please pray with me. God of faith, today we pray that you comfort all those who fear. We have many legitimate fears in our lives Lord – things and people that can harm us and even kill us. We also have many irrational fears – things that make no sense to us, yet we still fear them. Regardless of the fear, calm our hearts and minds this day, embrace us with your love, and help us to face the fear that is before us to see what it is actually about. Amen.
Prayer for January 11: Please pray with me. God who protects, today we pray for the crazy drivers on the roads. Please prevent them from getting into or causing an accident. Please help other drivers to stay calm and interact with these drivers with either word or hand gestures. Prevent us from judging other drivers on the road – we don’t know their stories, yet we feel justified in condemning them. Change our hearts – convict us to offer a blessing instead of a curse, to let go our space on the road, to show the love of Christ even while driving, to let go of the anger towards another human being who might also be a brother or sister in Christ. 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.
Prayer for May 2: Please pray with me. Calming God, today we pray for all people who are enslaved by fear. The gospel of fear is preached at us constantly, yet you have a different message – a Gospel of peace, love and grace. It is a message so desperately needed in our world of chaos and confusion. Please send messengers out into the world to spread this message of hope to a hopeless world, a message of love to a divided and angry world, and a message of peace to a world that finds new ways to destroy. Bless these messengers so they can in turn bless all that hear the message. Amen.