Prayer for October 10: Please pray with me. God of faith, today we ask that we would recognize the faith that you give us. Often we have clouded eyes and closed hearts and have convinced ourselves that we don’t have enough faith. Yet, you give us exactly what we need Lord. Often it is us who reject you and what you give us. Open our arms to receive you. Open our hearts to take you in. But also open our ears to hear that it is not us who choose you, but rather you that chooses us. And in so choosing us, transform us to follow you – fully, and regardless of the cost. Amen.
Prayer for October 6: Please pray with me. Holy God, you are the one true God. Yet, so often we turn to idols – those things which we put our trust in. But really, how ridiculous is that? All of these things are human made and eventually will fade away. All these things which we put our hope for the future will disappear and be forgotten. Yet for some reason we think it makes sense to put our hope and faith in them. That’s crazy Lord! But it makes sense if we believe that history started when we were born and will end when we die. Yet, deep down we know this is not true. You cut across time and space well before we arrived and will be here well after we die. And you offer us a promise of hope, a promise of resurrection in a renewed and restored world. We’d be crazy not to trust this promise, Holy God. You always keep your promises. Open our hearts to embrace your promise of hope. Amen.
Prayer for August 1: Please pray with me. God of faith, today we ask that you would remind us where our faith lies – in you. Our faith isn’t really ours to begin with, but rather is a gift from you. Too many people stop talking with you because they say they lack faith or that their faith is weak. That is true. If our faith was based on us and how much we had and how strong our will power was, we’d be screwed. Thank you for giving us faith – even when we don’t feel like we have it. Thank you Lord for not waiting for us to move toward you, but for you coming to us. Help us to see the faith that you instill in us, that grows in us, that changes us, and that drives us forward to do your will. Amen.
Prayer for June 26: Please pray with me. Holy God of all creation, today we pray for people of all faiths. Help us to see each other as children of God, not bitter enemies that need to be destroyed and killed. Help us to learn to listen to one another so we can live in peace. Help us to be peaceful and graceful to our neighbors of different faiths and no faith at all. Help us to live like you have taught us – to be peaceful to those around us regardless of their beliefs. Amen.
Prayer for June 5: Please pray with me. Holy Spirit, light the fire of faith within us. If need be, light a fire beneath us to get us moving and carrying out your will. You have called us and changed us, help us to respond to your movement in our lives with movement to love and care for others. Amen.
Prayer for February 13: Please pray with me. God who saves, our prayer today is simple, yet apparently so difficult to remember, believe, and follow. You are the only one who can save us – not any politician, leader, policy, or political party – it’s not even close. Yet so many put their faith and trust in these things over faith and trust in you. Why? What do we hope to achieve with this? Glory, power, being remembered, greatness, wealth, longer life? These are all laughable compared to your love which endures forever beyond the control of any human ruler. You humble the proud and powerful and bless those who the world curses. Remind us of which side of the equation you call us to be on. Amen.
Prayer for September 19: Please pray with me. God who governs all creation, help us to trust today. We see so many terrible things around us, we hear about these things throughout the world. Yet we are told that all of creation is in your hand. We are told to have faith, yet that can be difficult. Today we ask that you strengthen our trust – trust in you, trust in ourselves, trust in others. Help us to see that trust is a foundation that can build up our world and society to something much better. Amen.