Prayer for November 23: Please pray with me. Reconciling God, today we pray a difficult prayer. We pray for our enemies. We don’t pray for their defeat and destruction. Rather we pray that there would be a change of heart – for both them and us. Help them and us to see the humanity of each other. Help them and us to see that violence and anger and division lead to death. You have a different way Lord, a difficult way. Make both them and us unsatisfied in our judgements of each other. Turn us from seeking out what is the worst for one another. Help us to see that our most serious enemy is not anyone out there, no them at all, but rather, the enemy within that wants to claim control over our lives. Help us to see that our real enemy is the sin, the broken relationship with God and with others, the smug attitudes we cling to, the desire to be right no matter the cost, the excessive pride, the destructive envy, the lust for power and attention. Teach us to follow your example – to love our enemies in a most vulnerable way. Amen.
Prayer for October 20: Please pray with me. God of wisdom, today we pray for all those who are faced with a difficult decision. Give them wisdom. You accompany us on our journey of life, give us the temperament we need to make decisions. So many will face decisions and situations that will seem like there is no clear choice. So many will face life and death decisions today that feel like death will have won regardless of what is chosen. Yet we know that you have conquered death. Be with all those in their time of need. Amen.