Prayer for June 20: Please pray with me. God of uncertainty, we float about in the storms of life. We desperately want security, safety, and to be in control. We think that is the highest value in life. But it is not. You don’t call us to safety, security, and control. You call us to something far different – risk, welcome, uncertainty. The prophets knew this well – this is why they tried to run from you. They knew that what you called them to was a calling of risk and uncertainty – a message of invitation. A radical message that many reject in favor of control over their own lives and the lives of others. Yet, you gave them faith to carry forward – to proclaim your radical message for the people to hear. And you did not abandon them. Give us the faith to live risky lives for the Gospel. To be uncomfortable and inconvenienced. To acknowledge how scared we are and to seek you – to know that we will not be alone or forgotten. Amen.
Prayer for April 9: Please pray with me. God of faith, you give us faith as a gift. Help us to use this gift to advance your kingdom. But so many of us will sit and wait though – we want a clear path and clear insight into what we are to do. We want answers Lord. Yet, you send people out without any answers more often than not. Why? Is it so that those you send will rely on you as opposed to their own insights? Is it because that is a key ingredient of faith? Is it so that we can experience what hope really means? Send us Lord. We have doubts and questions – and you welcome them. We want to know – and you send us anyway. Amen.
Prayer for February 28: Please pray with me. God of faith, why, oh why, do so many insist on proof. Why do so many demand proof that you exist? Actually, let’s rephrase that – why do so many demand that you prove your existence in specific ways at specific times and in specific places? And without those proofs, they won’t believe in you. Even we believers fall into this trap Lord. We demand that you do this or that for us, questioning if you are there, doubting – even after all the times that you answer our prayers. We often demand you follow our commands and will, rather than submitting ourselves to yours. Why do we think we are in charge of you Holy and Infinite One? That must be amusing from your vantage point. Yet, time and again you change things up – you encounter us in ways we never expect. You encounter us in ways that change our lives. You encounter us in ways that leave a mark on us. And you grace us with your very presence. You give us faith. You give us faith to see you when others can’t. You give us faith to be able to hear your voice when others can’t or won’t. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer for February 19: Please pray with me. God who sees our true nature, open our eyes to see ourselves as you see us. Open our eyes to see ourselves as others see us – especially those who do not profess a faith in you. Do people see us as people of faith? How so? Is it because they know we are people of faith because of our love and care of others? Or do they we are people of faith because of our political fights and stands, our anger and fear, our belittling and dehumanizing, our blind loyalty to party or politician? Lord help us if this is the case. Give us a change of heart to follow you – to follow you in the way that you call. You call us not to pick a side in a battle of the status quo, but rather to participate in the unfolding of your reign – a new reality that is unfolding where love, grace, hope, and forgiveness are lived out and given freely. A new reality. Help us to live into this new reality and invite others into it as well. Amen.
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.