Prayer for November 15: Please pray with me. God who comes to creation over and over, keep coming Lord. We are a bit slow on the learning curve God. You make a promise and keep it, and then we break our end of the bargain. And yet, you keep coming after us. Not to come and smite us because you are ticked off. Rather, you keep pursuing us over and over again because of your great love for us and all of creation. Thank you. We can’t even begin to comprehend this. All we can say is thank you. And that’s all that is needed. Amen.
Prayer for October 23: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we lift up all who feel as though they are living a lie. So many people feel stuck and afraid. Many feel alone and lost. Many have been told that they are condemned because of who they are. So many people have been thrown out and are outcasts because of who they are or what they have done. They are filled with regret. Yet, this is not what life is about. You offer the outcast Good News – that the outcast is also a child of God. The each person is deeply loved by you God. Yes, outcasts are sinners, just like every one of us. Yes, outcasts are broken and have broken relationships – just like we all do. But that is not the end of the story. It’s just a fact of life. Because of being sinners and because of being broken, we know how much we need you God. We can’t do this alone. We can’t even begin to start. Send your Spirit to empower those who feel drained. Send your Spirit to wipe clean those who feel that they are dirtied by living a lie. Send your Spirit to bring dignity and humanity to those who feel less than human. Send your Spirit, Lord. And in so doing, send us also to be with the outcast and the broken. Amen.
Prayer for September 13: Please pray with me. God who is love, today we ask that your love would spread over all of creation. Help us to see what that love is really about. And to experience your unending love for your creation. Lord, we were once your enemies because we had been turned away from you due to sin. You radically reorient us back to you. Help us to offer that same kind of love to others knowing that love draws us closer to one another. Amen.
Prayer for August 23: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we pray for all people – we pray that you would once again encounter us and impact our lives in ways that we respond by radically reorienting ourselves to you. If sin is the turning inward towards oneself, turn us outwards to the needs of others and to be a light for so many lost in the darkness of an anxious and fearful world. Amen.
Prayer for July 27: Please pray with me. God of creation, you call on us to be stewards of your creation – to care for it. Help us to see that creation is yours. Help us to learn ways to care for creation and to see that this is reasonable. Open our eyes to see that in caring for your creation, we aren’t being extremists trying to get some kind of partisan political points, but instead, we are actually participating in the unfolding of the kingdom of God. In Revelation 21 we hear how you will come down to earth to dwell with us here and renew and restore creation. You love your creation. Help us to be good stewards, not because it drives some kind of agenda, but instead because we aren’t escaping this place – you aren’t whisking us away and then destroying the earth. Instead, you are restoring it and us too. Let us participate in that restoration. Amen.
Prayer for July 5: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we ask that you sweep over the land and water and refresh creation. We haven’t been good stewards of creation Lord. Forgive us for our lust to get as much as we can out of the earth. Help us to see that good stewardship means taking care of what is not ours and using it responsibly. Amen.
Prayer for June 8: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we thank you for creation. We thank you that we can enjoy your creation. Give us wisdom to be good stewards of creation so that creation can be enjoyed by future generations. Amen.
Prayer for May 5: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we give you thanks for your creation and that we are blessed to enjoy it. Help us to be good stewards of your creation – knowing that it is not ours, but rather we are caretakers of it. Help us to see clearly your vision for creation in Revelation 21 – that you will return and abide with us here, not be swept off to somewhere else. When you made creation you said it was good. In Revelation you reveal that you will be returning to that good creation. We wait in hopeful anticipation of your return to us. Amen.
Prayer for March 14: Please pray with me. God of creation, we are reminded yet again that we are not in control of your creation. Rather we are stewards of it. Yet, even as stewards, we don’t control it. Creation is yours. You call on us to care for it. Help us do that. We also ask that you protect all those who suffer from nature and its wrath in the form of blizzards. Be with all those who must work in the midst of the storm – emergency personnel, electrical line workers, police, firefighters, those who treat and clear the roads, news organizations and so many more – we ask that you keep them safe. Amen.
Prayer for February 24: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we pray for your creation. Guide us in the way of being faithful stewards of your creation. Remind us that all that is, is yours. Even the things that we think we have earned and that we think we deserve – yup, they are yours too. Make us good stewards of all that you give us, so that we can hand it on to the next generation of your stewards. Amen.