Prayer for December 13: Please pray with me. Holy One, you have to be laughing. You just have to. You have to be laughing at our ridiculous attempts to control things around us – to impose rules on those around us and control people. You have to be laughing at our self-importance. You have to be face palming our attempts to figure out how to govern ourselves. You have to be sighing at how we place so much importance in our elections – as if our very salvation depended on it. Oh how foolish of us to make elections so very important. How did we get to this point that we have made elections into life or death situations? How did we get to the point that our identity as your children is willingly replaced with identity to political party? Why are we willing to trade in our identity as your children for a tool used to obtain worldly power? Is it worth it? Hardly. But then, what can you expect from sinful, broken people Lord. We will keep getting it wrong Lord. We’ll keep equating your will with some election result here or there – fooling ourselves into believing that we are somehow special in history or as a people. We’ll fool ourselves into believing that you have chosen our nation as something unique and that you offer us some kind of special blessing. We’ll fool ourselves into believing that your will matches the agenda of one political party or the other and that your will is an extension of our nation’s greatness – greatness defined in terms of power and might rather than love. We’ll keep doing this Lord. And you’ll keep being patient. You’ll keep forgiving us. You’ll keep loving us. And some of us will stand in awe and wonder of you and your persistence to encounter us and change our lives. Thank you for your persistence Holy One. Amen.
Prayer for November 8: Please pray with me. Sovereign God, we are a nation that is gripped by fear and anxiety – it is strangling us. We look to our leaders and to candidates to ease the stranglehold and only find them gripping tighter with their words and rhetoric. That is because we have decided to make them idols and gods – we wait anxiously to hear what they have to say. Will they bring us peace? Will they make us great? Will they solve our problems for us? When did we cede our responsibility to live out what you call us to be, Lord? Turn us from putting our salvation in human leaders and instead see them for who they are – fellow human beings who should be the chief servants, examples for us to follow in service to the rest of creation and humanity. Turn us from dividing people into us and them camps. Turn us to answer your call for our lives. Turn us to see that peace is not a destination, but rather the way of living. Turn us so that our trust is in you and that we respond to your call in faithfulness. The days ahead will not be easy Lord. Only you can give us the strength to go forward – to be Christians who are known for your love, grace, peace, and mercy. Shape us into your instruments for the days ahead. Let no one mistake us – may our lives be beacons that display who you are and how you are active in our world today. Turn us, shape us, move us. Amen.
Prayer for November 7: Please pray with me. God who rules over creation, today we pray a prayer of calmness. There is much anxiety in the air Lord. Yet, you remind us that worrying will not add a single moment to our lives. That is because our salvation is in you – and no where else. Regardless of what may happen in an election, your kingdom will reign and never end. Because of this, we know that we can rest peacefully because we rest in you. Amen.