Prayer for March 13: Please pray with me. God of life, today we pray for those who are in the depths of death and hopelessness. It’s easy to fall into this Lord – we are bombarded with false gospel messages that proclaim death as victorious. Yet, you offer an alternative – a promise of hope and life. A promise of forgiveness and transformation. A promise that gives, rather than takes. A promise that differs from what the world offers and demands. The world proclaims that only the strong survive and you proclaim your preference for the poor and outcast. The world proclaims a gospel that demands allegiance to the god of war, but you proclaim a Gospel of peace. The world proclaims a gospel of us versus them, but you proclaim a Gospel that says that there is no them, that we are all yours. It’s time for the false messages of this world to die and be forgotten – they are worthless. Strengthen us to proclaim your Gospel to all around – to proclaim this message in our words, in our actions, in our relationships, in our social media posts, in our conversations. Amen.
Prayer for March 6: Please pray with me. God of resurrection, we are eternally grateful for your promise of resurrection. When we are honest, we willingly admit that we would rather not have to go through death in order to experience resurrection. But without death, we can’t ever truly appreciate resurrection. We can’t know how radical it is. We can’t really understand how transformative it is. It just becomes a nice idea that sounds great. Move it from just a head knowledge to what we experience in our lives. Amen.
Prayer for March 5: Please pray with me. God of life, today we raise up families who are experiencing the realities of death amongst them. Death sucks Lord. It is like the ripping of the fabric of life and reality. It tears people from one another and feels like eternity itself has been besieged. Death is one of the most difficult things in life to deal with. It feels so permanent. It shows us for who we are – fragile and not in control. But it is a part of our reality. But we thank you Holy One that death does not have the final say. We thank you that at the end of time, you promise us that death will be no more. You promise us that you will renew and transform us and all of creation. And then, the best part – you will come and dwell with us in the new creation. While we weep and mourn today, we wait with hopefulness for the fullness of your coming. Amen.
Prayer for February 16: Please pray with me. God of life, today we pray that life may abound and thrive. We are surrounded by death – it comes at us in force and if we are honest, it comes because we invite it in. Yet, this is not your intention for us. Help us to let go of things that bring death – our worship of being right, our divisions that separate, our broken relationships, our violence, our demands and thirst for control. You have a different intention Holy One. You promise a time when you will dwell with us and death will be no more. We wait in anticipation for that time. Forgive us when we become obstacles to the fulfillment of your reign. For we know not what we do. Come Holy One. Fill our hearts with a burning desire for life for all. Use us to create an environment where life can thrive and death is discarded. Come Holy One. Amen.
Prayer for September 6: Please pray with me. God of life, today we pray for all those who are facing death. Death sucks. Yet, it is inevitable for all of us. It is a part of what it means to be alive. But we know that death does not have the final say – you do, oh Lord. You have promised us resurrection and restoration. And you never fail to keep your word. In the moment of death, recall to our hearts and minds your words of assurance. Comfort those who are left behind in their loss. Give them the strength to take one day at a time and know they are not alone and their loved one is not forgotten. Amen.
Prayer for April 19. Please pray with me. On this Easter Wednesday we pray for an end to war. Humanity has lived by the rule that when you get hit, you hit back, only harder. Yet, where has this gotten us Lord?!? It has only brought more death and destruction. And for what? In this week of Easter, we pray that our hearts would be open to a new way of living and interacting with one another. Help us to see Christ’s example – when he was hit, he didn’t hit back, but he loved all the more. It’s not easy and frankly we can’t do this on our own. We really haven’t ever tried. We’ve given up before we’ve even given it a shot. So, step in Lord. Give us the courage to love, even when we get hit. It makes no sense in the world, yet it the only way to end the insanity. Amen.
Prayer for April 17. Please pray with me. On this Easter Monday we continue to rejoice at your resurrection Lord. Give us each a resurrection in our lives this day. Show us how you have conquered death and brought about new life. Today we remember your promised to all of creation – that death does not have the final say, but that you do. And you bring life. Amen.
Prayer for April 14: Please pray with me. On this Good Friday, we pray for all who are near death. Accompany the dying as they take their last breaths. Give them peace and assurance. Be with the family and friends of those who are dying – be a comfort for them. Be with those who will die alone – be present to them so they will not die in fear. Amen.
Prayer for March 15: Please pray with me. Long ago, it was written for a certain leader to beware the Ides of March. And death came. Why oh Lord, do we strive for power – to obtain it, to keep it from others, to use it to the detriment of others. Hoarding power leads to fights and ultimately death. Forgive us when we seek power and our own kingdom as opposed to seeking your kingdom. Amen.
Prayer for January 27: Please pray with me. God of the Word, we use words in many ways – sometimes we use words to control and manipulate, to bring pain and suffering, to destroy and divide. Yet we are reminded each week that you forgive us. You give us different words for our lives – words of that enhance life, words that bring all to abundance, words that heal, words that accompany, words that reconcile, words that forgive, words that give hope and promise, words of love. In the moment before we speak, help us to choose these life-affirming words of future fulfillment of your kingdom Lord. Amen.