Prayer for January 19: Please pray with me. God who takes big risks, encourage us in our risk taking. Not in risky behavior, but rather in taking a risk to live out your call for our lives. Being your follower is a risk. We risk ridicule, anger, separation, and more. Following you is a risky endeavor Lord. We don’t know where it will take us. Following you could cost us dearly – cost us relationships, employment, standing in the public, comfort, and yes, even our very lives. Yet, you call on us to take up our cross and follow you. That’s not about just being uncomfortable and inconvenienced for a short time. This isn’t like the latest fad diet. This about resurrection of life – transformed life – our lives. You risk much in encountering us. You call on us to risk it all too. Let your Spirit come upon us, touch us in a way that sets our hearts on fire, that transforms us and lets our shields down. You are a God of big risks. Open our hearts to that risk for each of our lives. Help us to live out the risky faith that you give us. Don’t hold back the fear that it will cause – that just lets us know we are responding in trust. Let us risk it all for you Lord. Let us take a risk in feeding those that need food, in offering water to those who need a drink, in providing cleanliness for those who need a shower and clean clothes, in helping someone enslaved to drugs find freedom, in setting captives caught in trafficking free, and more. The world needs more risk takers Lord. Make us an instrument of your risk. Amen.
Prayer for January 5: Please pray with me. God of faith, today we lift up all those you give the gift of faith to. Set our hearts on fire and send us out to do your will. Faith doesn’t end with some intellectual assent. It is only the beginning. Faith transforms us, our very being. It causes us to move and go. Faith causes action. Get us moving Lord. Amen.
Prayer for October 25: Please pray with me. God of faith, today we ask for faith. Help us to respond to your gift of faith in trust. But please Lord, help us to see that you aren’t an insecure God who demands blind faith without any questions or doubts. Open our hearts to ask questions about you God. Open our ears to hear answers and “I don’t know.” Not knowing is not a bad thing – it’s ok. If we knew everything there was to know about you God, then there would be no need for faith. Give us living faith. Amen.
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.