Prayer for October 19: Please pray with me. Stewarding God, shape us into good stewards – those that care for your creation, those that steward the resources you give to each of us, those that are called to leadership. Stewardship isn’t only about protecting what we have. Instead, you call us to something more radical – taking what you give us and multiplying it for the glory of God’s kingdom. That tells us that we need to not only preserve and conserve the resources your give us, but expand what you give us. Open our eyes to see this is true not only for creation, but also our health, the finances of our worshiping communities, how we serve our neighbors, and more. Amen.
Prayer for October 17: Please pray with me. Renewing God, we ask that you renew our lives. Renew our worshiping communities. Renew our leaders and institutions. Renew our planet. But what is renewal God. What is it that we are actually asking for? In renewal we are asking for your holy presence in our lives. In your presence, that which is unholy will be washed clean and made new again. A fresh start. Renewal doesn’t come by focusing on what we don’t want. It comes by seeing the vision of what is possible and moving towards it. Give us this fresh start Lord. Amen.
Prayer for October 11: Please pray with me. God who keeps on surprising us, help us today to see the world and all peoples in the way you see people. Just for a glimpse. I imagine it would be so shocking, as to blow our mind away. Where we see differences and divisions, anger and hatred, ideologies and beliefs – I can only imagine how you see people. I’m willing to bet that the only words that come close would be “Child of God.” Open our eyes to see others, all people, including our enemies, as a Child of God. And in so seeing others this way, soften our hearts to treat others as is they are children of God – regardless of the cost. Amen.
Prayer for October 4: Please pray with me. God of the universe, you have to be laughing. You have got to be laughing at humanity and our ridiculous attempts to control things here on earth. That works out so well so often doesn’t it? Lord help us, for our own sake. Strip us of our egos that make us think we know all the answers. Open our hearts to recognize that the game of politics and partisanship is something in which no one wins in the end. Instead, radically reorient us to a different way of living and being Lord. A way of life in which we care for our neighbors, regardless of who they are. A way of life in which we care for creation, so that it will be around for future generations. A way of life in which we empower people rather than enslave them or make them dependent on our political systems that seek to consolidate power for its own sake. Help us to see and know how ridiculous our power struggles are, and how dangerous and damaging they are to people. Amen.
Prayer for September 20: Please pray with me. Alpha and Omega, beginning and the end, today we come before you knowing that it is only you know the beginning and ending of all things. It is only you who know how it all happens. Help us to let go of having to know how things will turn out. Loosen our grip on the desire to control our surroundings, our lives, our possessions, and others. Not knowing is really scary for many people God, but we recognize that when it comes down to it, we know very little. Help us to embrace uncertainty in life and in so doing, walk in trust of you. Amen.
Prayer for August 28: Please pray with me. God who is, who was, and who will be – today we pray that you would give us the courage to answer your call. When Jesus asked “Who do you say that I am?” the disciples were scared to answer. We understand their fear Lord. If the answer is an acknowledgement of God, then we can’t just smile and nod and ignore your words and continue living how we want. Instead, we are called to imitate, to follow, to live differently. We are called to communicate differently. We are called to live out our relationships differently. We are called to live out our vocations differently. We are called to use our financial resources differently. We are called to recognize that everything we have is yours and that you have made us stewards. You call us to use these resources and our very lives to participate in the unfolding of the reign of God. No wonder it’s scary to declare that you are God. Give us the courage to live into the faith you give us. Amen.
Prayer for August 8: Please pray with me. God of Love, who is love itself, we thank you for the love you have and give. Help us to understand what love really is – it is not controlling, but freeing. It doesn’t judge, but accompanies. It does not demand, but rather encourages. Love is not conditional, but rather unconditional. Allow us to experience this kind of love. And in experiencing it – give us the courage to also give it to others. Amen.