Prayer for May 10: Please pray with me. God of Good News, there are many who claim your Good News, but struggle with living it out. There are many who don’t even know what your Good News is, or know that there is Good News. So many live in darkness and hopelessness. So many want to make your Good News into a tool to be used to advance other things – things of this world. Yet, your Good News continues to go out. Make us an instrument of your Good News, to share far and wide, with all of our energy. Let your Word spread out over the nations, Oh Holy One. Let it work through us to the multitudes. Let it be a light to shine in the darkness. Let it transform our lives. Amen.
Prayer for May 2: Please pray with me. God of Good News, you call on us to sow your message carelessly. You call on us to give it away without care of where it goes. Our concern is not in saving people – only you can do that. Instead, you call us to share your message with as many as possible. We rejoice when some embrace the message. We cry when some reject it and fall away. But it is not for us to determine how your message will work in each person. What is that to us? We are called to follow. To follow and proclaim. To follow and to live our faith. To not worry about what others may do or how they respond. But rather to focus on what is important – you. Help us to keep our sights on you in how we live and encounter people. Amen.
Prayer for October 20: Please pray with me. God of welcome, you call to us to communicate your message of Good News to many around us. So many walk in the darkness of this world. Yet, your message is a light to the world. Open our eyes to see those around us that need to hear your message. Open our arms to welcome those who need to be accompanied. Open our ears to hear the stories of the lives we connect with. Open our hearts to welcome people – as they are, not to change them into us. Open our minds, and tear down our defenses that try to make others conform to us. Help us to know that every time someone new enters our community, the community changes. Amen.
Prayer for July 17: Please pray with me. God who sows Good News, spread the invitation to be a part of your family far and wide. You call on us to be your hands and feet and to also spread Good News to many. May your Spirit work through us to share Good News with the poor – telling them that their worth is not found in what they possess, but by whose they are. Work through us to share Good New with the sick – telling them that healing is on the way. Give us seeds of Good News to those that are bound by fear, addiction, or other restrictions – telling them that they will be set free. Give us strength in our arms when we spread seeds of Good News to the outcast and the “other” of our cultures and societies – telling them that they are part of God’s family. Your invitation is a message that tells us that you, Oh God, love us and care about us. When your seed hits our lives, it changes us, makes the wheat of your message grow within us, so that the seed of this Good News may be spread to others so that they may know that God loves them and cares for them and so do we. Amen.
Prayer for May 2: Please pray with me. God who proclaims Good News, today we ask for an abundance of Good News. There is just too much bad news that surrounds us each day – news that promotes division, hate, war, violence, and us vs. them. Let your Good News be proclaimed from the roof tops Lord – we are desperate for it. We need to hear life-giving news, thriving news, loving news, merciful news, peacemaking news, caring news. Shout out your news for all to hear – from nations all the way to individuals. Amen.
Prayer for February 16: Please pray with me. God who proclaims Good News, give us ears to hear. You proclaim Good News to the poor, the weak, the outcast, the marginalized. This is also good news to the privileged, the wealthy, the powerful, and the strong. It is news that tells us that the world is being turned right-side-up as you reconcile all of creation back to you. Make us instruments of this reconciliation. Amen.
Prayer for December 30: Please pray with me. On this sixth day of the Christmas season, we pray that you would open us to receive a unique gift – the gift of life. Turn us from our attachment and fascination with death – death in violence, in our culture, in our wants and desires, in unwanted people of all ages, in broken relationships, in war, in entertainment, in how we talk, in how we act towards others and the rest of creation. The Good News of your birth means that the world has changed. This wasn’t just something that happened once and is done and over. You continue to come into our world every day and turn the world right-side-up. Make us a part of this Good News by living out your call to us to be instruments of life. 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 December 23: Please pray with me. Holy God who comes to us in innocence, today we pray for the innocent in our world, the feeble, the meek, the humble, the weak, the poor, the sick, the disabled, the captive, the refuge, and all marginalized in whatever society they find themselves in. You bring Good News Lord – that the world is about to be turned right-side-up. Reconcile all of creation and help us to live out the Good News that you give. Amen.