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.
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.
Prayer for July 31: Please pray with me. God whose kingdom reigns over all, we are told that the kingdom of heaven is like a ravaging weed that takes over a field. We like to hear that, but do we really? We want to jump up and down and cheer when we hear that God’s kingdom is taking over and taking down the powerful and oppressive. We love to hear this. But do we really realize that this change also applies to us and our lives? How scary is that Lord? You want to take over all aspects of our life? You won’t settle for portions that we select? You want it all? But, but, but…The kingdom of heaven isn’t interested in selective voluntary portion control. God wants the whole kit and caboodle. Help us in our fear of what this means for our lives. Help us to let go of controlling parts of our lives that we desperately want to hold onto. Remind us that you have much better plans in store for us. Help us to let go of control and to be embraced by you so that we can in turn embrace others. Amen.
Prayer for February 6: Please pray with me. Word Incarnate, you are the Word of God who became flesh. We have a tendency to use words in ways we shouldn’t. Too often we use words to harm, hurt, divide, instill fear, and to control others. Turn us from these practices to you. Instill in us the wisdom to use words to bring healing, reconciliation, blessing, and peace. Amen.
Prayer for December 29: Please pray with me. On this fifth day of the Christmas season, We pray that you would open our ears to hear the Good News that was first declared to the shepherds in the fields – complete strangers to Mary, Joseph, and Jesus – yet the very people who God decided were a part of God’s family. Open our ears to hear that in you there is no “us vs. them” – there is only us. And us includes everyone – literally everyone. Amen.
Prayer for November 18: Please pray with me. Triune God, today we pray that you might unite us. We aren’t looking for some kind of happy, happy, joy, joy, ignoring the challenges and division we face kind of unity Lord. That’s just sugar coating what we face. Turn us to face the truth that exists – that we separate each other, we divide ourselves, we fight one another. We do these things for a variety of reasons, but in reality, it comes down to this – we have pushed you away along with others. Turn us Lord to see you in those around us. And in so doing, may we see what unites us all here on earth – that we are a part of your creation. It is a vast creation with so many uniquenesses and differences, yet at the core, it is all yours. Amen.
Prayer for November 17: Please pray with me. God of history, so often we mark time based on historical events that include war, death, and rulers of this world. Yet, we know that all time belongs to you and your kingdom. You see time differently – as a gift that you give us. Help us to be good stewards of that gift as we live our call to be followers of you and serve our neighbors. Amen.