Prayer for August 27: Please pray with me. God who calls us into relationship, open our ears to hear your call for us. Open us to receive you. Open us to follow you. Lord, we are a people who would rather be spectators. But that is not what you have in mind for us. You love us so much, you want to know us, be close to us, live with us, love us. You make yourself vulnerable with us so that true love can flourish. Open us to receive this and to embody it. Open us to follow you in living vulnerable with others so they may also know love. Amen.
Prayer for August 21: Please pray with me. God of faith, you give faith to many. We hear stories of this faith given to the patriarchs of old, to prophets, to disciples, to followers. What would we do without this faith? We would be lost. Thank you for the faith that you give us. Stir us to use this faith. Cause us to go from here to be a light to those in darkness. Move us to live out the faith that you give us. Amen.
Prayer for August 20: Please pray with me. God of the life, you come to us and offer us life – thriving life. So many are in need of so much Lord. There are many who are poor and homeless, lost and forgotten. But you do not forget anyone. You hold each of us in your hand, in a sweet embrace. You feed us with your living bread from heaven. You nourish us to keep going. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer for August 17: Please pray with me. God of grace, be with all who are in need of your grace. Open us to receive your grace. Let us bath in your grace and mercy. Let us be honest enough to admit that we need your grace. As tough as we may think we are, we are all broken. Walk with us, speak to us. Love us. Give us your grace. Amen.
Prayer for August 13: Please pray with me. God who calls us into action, move us. Don’t let us just hear your word, but rather, stir us to action – a response to what we hear from you Lord. Otherwise, we deceive ourselves. Being your follower means hearing your word and acting on it. Give us the courage to do just that. Amen.
Prayer for August 9: Please pray with me. God of grace, give us the grace we so desperately need. This is a world that doesn’t offer grace on its own. It demands things from us – often things that we can’t give. But grace is something different. It is getting what we don’t deserve. It is also not getting what we do deserve. Give us this grace Lord. Amen.
Prayer for August 8: Please pray with me. God of faithfulness, today we come to you to seek wisdom. Your ways are not our ways. Often we look outward shows of strength and might. We long to follow leaders who can destroy enemies. We want leaders who live by the ends justifying the means. We believe that the strong survive. This is the mantra of humanity throughout history. Yet, it has led to war, violence, death, and destruction. Why do we keep repeating the same mistakes? Why do we ignore your ways? Turn us towards you Lord and your ways. Save us from ourselves. Amen.
Prayer for August 7: Please pray with me. God of the extra ordinary, trample the routineness of our lives – the mediocre, the routine. Rouse us from our sleepy routines in which we just travel through life without living it. Throw us off course with encounters that smash out lists of things to do. Encounter us in ways that impact our lives in real ways and cause us to question everything. Open our eyes and hearts to hearing your message so that our lives are changed. Amen.
Prayer for August 6: Please pray with me. Holy One, you sent people out in many ways. While you send us out, you also draw us in. You invite us to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. But why do you choose us Lord? How are we equipped enough to do this? Why us Lord? But I hear you say, “Child, it’s not that you are equipped enough. You’ll never know enough or have enough or be enough to do anything I ask you. Instead, it is that you’ll have to rely on me to get through it.” You send us out as we are. You give us what we need to complete the work. Amen.
Prayer for August 3: Please pray with me. God who comforts, there are many who are afflicted. Afflicted by disease, brokenness, financial strain, mental challenges, relationship struggles, and more. Some are afflicted by others too. We lift up the afflicted. Comfort them Lord as you promise you will in Psalm 23. We also dare to call on you to afflict the comfortable – rouse us from our rest and privilege. Make us uncomfortable enough to get up and get going. Make us uncomfortable enough to actually follow you and what you call us to do – not just claim to be a follower of yours. Claiming such a thing without the follow through is worthless. Drive us out to live out the life you call us to. Amen.