Prayer for August 10: Please pray with me. Triune God, you are the very essence of community – three in one. You are a mystery that reveals yourself to us throughout history. In you we see what ideal community really is. Yet, how hard it is for us to live out community. So often our egos get in the way. Often our fears and worries and anxiety separates us from community. Far to often those in leadership and those that seek power raise anxiety levels and find ways to separate people rather than bring them together. Tear down the walls that divide us from our neighbors. Open the doors of our hearts to those that have been enemies. Remove the fences we place around ourselves that separate us from others. Take the blinders off of our eyes so that we can see that others around us – even those that are different from us because of skin color, nationality, language, economic level, educational level, and more – have value and are a valued part of our community. Together we fare far better than alone. Amen.
Prayer for April 20. Please pray with me. On this Easter Thursday we pray for all those transitioning in life. Our lives are in a constant state of change. We ask that you guide us through these changes of life – new relationships, new careers, new jobs, new homes, now families, new health, new life. Sometimes these changes feel like the women who came to the tomb on Easter Sunday – full of fear and joy. Yet, like the women, you tell us – “do not be afraid.” Help us to be bold enough to go forward without fear, knowing that ultimately, our lives are in your hands. Amen.
Prayer for March 30: Please pray with me. God of silence, today we thank you for moments of silence where noise is put away. So many in our culture fear silence, yet so often it is in silence that we can recognize your voice. Give us the courage to embrace silence, give us pause when we try to fill the void with noise or motion. Silence our minds and hearts so that we may be open to hearing you call us and to knowing how much you love us. Silence our excuses so that we might hear how you call us to serve. Help us to be silence for others so that they have room to know they are loved. Amen.
Prayer for February 8: Please pray with me. Holy God, today we pray for all who are praying. We thank you that you have given us a way to approach you in such a personal way – to share our worried and concerns, our hopes and dreams, our desires and rants. We thank you that you are a God who is secure enough to handle our doubts and fears and anger directed at you. Thank you for the blessing of prayer and how it changes us and our lives. Amen.
Prayer for January 19: Please pray with me. God who overcomes fear, come to our aid today. There is a great deal of fear in our world today Lord. We fear change. We fear government. We fear other nations. We fear the unknown. We fear what will be lost. We fear what will be gained. We fear death. Fear grips so many, Holy God. Loosen it’s ugly grip on us. Open our eyes to see past the blur of fear to hear you promise for us. You deliver Good News, help us to hear it. Help us to see that sometimes fear is not a bad thing. Give us wisdom to discern this. Amen.
Prayer for January 13: Please pray with me. God of faith, today we pray that you comfort all those who fear. We have many legitimate fears in our lives Lord – things and people that can harm us and even kill us. We also have many irrational fears – things that make no sense to us, yet we still fear them. Regardless of the fear, calm our hearts and minds this day, embrace us with your love, and help us to face the fear that is before us to see what it is actually about. 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.