Prayer for October 5: Please pray with me. God who is like a heart surgeon, today we ask for some major heart surgery. Yes Lord, we need you to look at our hearts – they are faulty. They lead us to believe that we are in control. They lead us to believe that it’s ok to exclude and divide. They lead us to believe that we are the exclusive holders of what is right. Cut away all the things that harm our hearts, that make our hearts hard. Use the surgeon’s knife to remove the pieces of our hearts that aren’t working the way you intend, and replace those parts with your will, mercy, love, and forgiveness. Give us hearts that are on fire for you and lead us to care out your will for us. Amen.
Prayer for April 5: Please Pray with me. God who breaks hearts of stone, break through the walls we set up around our hearts – keeping you and others out. Give us a mirror to see how ugly we can be when we scapegoat, dehumanize, overpower, and cause violence. Let us see it on our faces so that we can be convicted. And in being convicted, embrace us with your love, forgiveness, and your Spirit – move through us and change us Lord. Change us so that we embrace others. Amen.
Prayer for November 23: Please pray with me. Reconciling God, today we pray a difficult prayer. We pray for our enemies. We don’t pray for their defeat and destruction. Rather we pray that there would be a change of heart – for both them and us. Help them and us to see the humanity of each other. Help them and us to see that violence and anger and division lead to death. You have a different way Lord, a difficult way. Make both them and us unsatisfied in our judgements of each other. Turn us from seeking out what is the worst for one another. Help us to see that our most serious enemy is not anyone out there, no them at all, but rather, the enemy within that wants to claim control over our lives. Help us to see that our real enemy is the sin, the broken relationship with God and with others, the smug attitudes we cling to, the desire to be right no matter the cost, the excessive pride, the destructive envy, the lust for power and attention. Teach us to follow your example – to love our enemies in a most vulnerable way. Amen.
Prayer for May 13: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we pray that you would infuse us with wisdom. Wake up our intellects in order to see clearly. Open our hearts that we may truly hear those around us. Help us to realize that wisdom is a combination of intellect and heart. Call us to use the wisdom you give us to be your hands and feet in this world – to touch lives and to speak your words to a world that needs a loving touch and word of grace and truth. Amen.
Prayer for May 9: Please pray with me. God of our hearts, today we pray that we would experience contentment and joy – content with what we have, who we are, and where we are in life. It may not be perfect, or as we imagined, but remind us that we have all we need for today, to be grateful for what has been given to us and that we live today not for ourselves, but to answer your call. Help us to be open to experiencing true joy that lasts beyond happiness – a joy only you can provide. Amen.