Prayer for February 15: Please pray with me. God who feeds us, we hunger to be fed. So many are without food, even in the richest countries of the world. How can this be so Lord. We make excuses and claim they are lazy. We blame and scapegoat. Why? It’s easier than doing something about it. It’s easier to blame, then to feed. Because it gets to the heart of the problem – hunger, poverty, and all other challenges exist not primarily because of material lack, but because of brokenness – broken relationships with you, with others, with ourselves, with creation, with broken system, with broken institutions, with broken people. Help us to stop just throwing money at problems. Material things can’t solve non-material problems. They can help certainly, but there are more than just material answers. Why do we fear the non-material? Why do we fear talking about the spiritual? Why do we refuse to recognize the whole of a person? Are we lazy? Are we afraid of seeing our own brokenness? Are we afraid of seeing how we contribute to the problems that exist around us? No, we’d rather just throw money at the problem and feel good about ourselves and show how much we care. This isn’t true of everyone Lord, you know that. This is a cultural problem. Lord, we are hungry – hungry for more than just material wealth. We hunger for spiritual growth and satisfaction. We are hungry for purpose. We hunger for healing. We hunger for justice. We hunger for meaning. We hunger because of the fear we feed on – a meal that doesn’t satisfy us, but makes us sick, and is poisoning us. You satisfy the hungry heart Lord. Radically reorient us towards you. Give us the courage to face the challenges that exist in our midst. Guides us in how we are to respond to what you are doing in our lives. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer for May 30: Please pray with me. God of the hungry, yesterday many people celebrated with a great abundance of food. Yet there are many in our land who lack basic nutrition. Help us to see our hungry neighbor and give them food. But not only food for their stomach Lord, but help to give what nourishes the whole person – love, care, mercy, and laughter – in short, dignity. Amen.
Prayer for April 13: Please pray with me. On this Maundy Thursday, we life up all who hunger. Feed them Lord. Feed them the bread of life that sustains life and causes us to thrive. Fill the bellies of those that hunger. Fill also those that hunger for more than food. Give them satisfaction for what they hunger. Amen.
Prayer for December 14: Please pray with me. In your words, you teach us to pray to ask for our daily bread. Yes, Lord, give us our daily bread – our portion of food that we need to sustain life. Give us good food that will nourish us and help us to thrive. Give us enough food Lord that we can share it with those around us so that they may also experience abundant life. So they may know what it means to thrive. Feed us so we can feed others. And in feeding them, help us to not just take care of the physical needs of our neighbors, but also feed their human worth and value – to know that they are seen, heard, loved, and cared for. That they also feed us in knowing that there is hope for humanity. Amen.