Prayer for January 24: Please pray with me. God of holy conversations, come into our conversations and bless them. We ask that you work through us to change the content of our conversations from ones of suspicion and division to conversations that live out our faith with grace, humility, and forgiveness. We can’t wait for someone else to start doing this – we will wait forever. Instead, cause us to be the ones to start. Use us as an example of what is possible. We need a different tone and attitude for difficult and important conversations Lord – conversations about politics and policy, conversations about race, conversations about people from different lands, conversations about work, conversations about humanity. Let grace flow through these conversations. Help us to not react to others, especially when they attack, insult, dehumanize, or degrade. Give us the strength to respond with grace, forgiveness, and a re-establishment of humanity. Let grace flow through our politics. Let grace flow through our conversations. Let grace flow through our lives. Let grace flow Lord. And let it start with me. Amen.
Prayer for October 24: Please pray with me. Eternal Word, we pray that you would speak words of mercy and understanding through each one of us. Speak words of forgiveness when we screw up. Speak words of compassion when there is confusion. Speak words of dignity when we feel we have had our humanity taken away from us. Speak words of reconciliation when we are caught in division. Amen.
Prayer for October 18: Please pray with me. God of our future, today we lift up our futures. So often we see images of a not-so-bright future based on our present. It’s easy to get sucked into a cloud of darkness. There is a great deal of negativity and gloom around us. Yet, you offer an alternative – a message filled with hope, mercy, forgiveness, peace. You offer us something unthinkable – to walk with us in the dark places of our lives and to be a light that shines in the darkness. We walk on a path that leads to places that we have no idea about. And you walk right along side of us. Help us to be vulnerable, to build trust and to be trusting. Open our hearts to respond to your call for us. Amen.
Prayer for September 25: Please pray with me. God who is completely unfair, we thank you for being unfair. Please don’t ever treat us fairly. For by treating us fairly, we would get what we deserve and that’s not going to be pretty for any of us. Instead, continue to treat us unfairly – giving us grace we don’t deserve, giving us forgiveness we certainly don’t deserve, giving us love unconditionally, and giving us mercy when the world demands you be merciless – even some of your so-called followers. Thank you for be unfair with us. Help us to be just as unfair with others, especially our enemies. Amen.
Prayer for September 21: Please pray with me. God of forgiveness, today we pray for forgiveness. Forgive us when we sin, when we do something to hurt someone else – whether knowingly or unknowingly. Forgive when we harm a relationship. Help us to receive forgiveness and be open to receiving it so that we can stop beating ourselves up over our sins. We thank you for your forgiveness and ask that you give us the courage to forgive others when they sin against us. Amen.
Prayer for September 14: Please pray with me. God of forgiveness, boy do we need your forgiveness. We live in a world that is unforgiving. We have leaders who would rather raise the stakes and dig in that offer forgiveness or acknowledge the need for forgiveness. Yet, this is not a way to live and thrive. This goes beyond missing the mark Lord. Those things are minor. Rather, we need forgiveness for deeper things – broken relationship with you, with ourselves, with others, and with the rest of creation. Radically reorient us towards you and others. Amen.
Prayer for September 11: Please pray with me. God of forgiveness, today we pray for all those in conflict. Sin is the breaking of relationship – a type of turning away from you and from others. We ask that you would radically reorient us towards you and others. Love is the drawing in towards one another – let your love grow within us. You have forgiven us and showed great grace and mercy to us. Help us to respond to this gift by also forgiving others with grace and mercy. We can’t control how others will respond, but that isn’t the point. You call on us to offer these things regardless of the response. Give us the courage to do just that. Amen.