Prayer for April 4: Please Pray with me. God of the oppressed, today we remember Martin Luther King, Jr, on the day of his assassination. Let his memory be a lamp on a hill to shine forth and testify to your saving power that will bring forth justice to all people. Change our hearts and turn all away from violence. And we pray for all who would oppress others, who cause harm to others, to take away others’ humanity, and who dehumanize others. Help them to see that in doing these things to others, they also do them to themselves. Amen.
Prayer for January 26: Please pray with me. God who creates out of nothingness, we are in awe of your handiwork. We don’t understand your ways, for they are so much higher than our own. Yet so often we seem to think we know everything there is to know about you. Create in us a clean heart oh Lord, so that we can stand in awe of you, we can sit with our wondering and questions and uncertainty with you, and we can walk with others who seek your presence. Amen.
Prayer for January 25: Please pray with me. God of past, present, and future, today we pray that you would speak to our hearts and minds. Remind us that we are forgiven for past sins, that we are both saint and sinner right now, and that you call us to be stewards of creation for future generations. Amen.
Prayer for January 12: Please pray with me. Holy God, communication can be a blessing or a curse. So often we use the tongue and our fingers in ways we are not proud of. Too often because we are not face-to-face we think we can speak or type in an unfiltered way as if being rude, name calling, attacking, shaming, and unprofessional online will not hurt anyone. The reality is that it hurts all who are exposed to it and beyond. It hurts the receiver who has been directly attacked. It hurts others who read the words and respond with a range of emotions. It hurts others who are exposed to such anger, arrogance, and wrath in indirect way. It hurts the one who speaks and types too – judgement befalls them from their own hand and mouth. Change our hearts Lord – away from concern for being right to concern for the other person’s well being. This doesn’t mean we will agree on topics or issues. We’re asking not for conformity, but humanity in dealing with each other. Remind us Christians that the mouth and hands that speak and type words of anger and wrath on keyboards are also the same mouth and hands that receive your body and blood. Soften our words and make our hands embracing hands, not fists of fury. Amen.
Prayer for January 11: Please pray with me. God who protects, today we pray for the crazy drivers on the roads. Please prevent them from getting into or causing an accident. Please help other drivers to stay calm and interact with these drivers with either word or hand gestures. Prevent us from judging other drivers on the road – we don’t know their stories, yet we feel justified in condemning them. Change our hearts – convict us to offer a blessing instead of a curse, to let go our space on the road, to show the love of Christ even while driving, to let go of the anger towards another human being who might also be a brother or sister in Christ. Amen.
Prayer for December 28: Please pray with me. On this fourth day of the Christmas season, we pray that you would continue to open our hearts to receive the true gift of this season – you. In receiving you, transform us and change us – move us to share this best gift in the history of the world with all around us in how we live, act, and interact with others. Amen.
Prayer for December 26: Please pray with me. God who is with us, set our hearts free from the bondage of sin in all of its many forms. Set us free from our attempts to grasp hold and hang on to our sins that give us false security. Set us free from pride that pushed others away and below us. Set us free from walls that we erect to divide your children from one another. Set us free from seeking wholeness apart from you. Set us free Lord so that we can freely service you in carrying out your mission – to reconcile people and all of creation to you. Amen.
Prayer for December 7: Please pray with me. God of history, today we pray that we would be open to learning from the mistakes of the past. Humanity seems to be rather thick-headed Lord, forgive us for not learning lessons that have been taught over and over and over again. Open our hearts to remembering that war is an answer with devastating consequences for all involved. Open our hearts to remember that peace is not a destination, but rather a way of life. And open our hearts to hear your call to pick up and carry our cross, regardless of what others may do. Amen.
Prayer for October 31: Please pray with me. God of will, today we pray that your will be done. You taught us this pray when Jesus prayed it, yet how often do we ignore it? Instead we seek and desperately desire to force our own will upon others. We know the end result of this – It never ends well. Why do we do this? Soften our hearts and minds Lord. Move us to relent so that your Spirit will work in and through us to move us to be in alignment with your will. Amen.
Prayer for October 19: Please pray with me. Holy God, today we pray for respect. This is something that seems lacking in our society today. Give us the courage to respect those we disagree with, maybe be those we think are wrong, or worse, dangerous. How on earth can we possibly expect to see the fullness of your reign when we keep getting in the way by our actions towards others?!? Soften our hearts and lower our shields. Yes, this is a risky prayer Lord. It’s one where we put our money where our mouth is and is summed up by this statement: Give us the courage to live out what we claim to believe. Amen.