Prayer for September 5: Please pray with me. God of Sabbath, today we pray for all those who cannot or will not rest. There is much to do in our culture Lord. So often we make our work into an idol – yes an idol to be worshiped. What else can we call it when we devote so much time, energy, and attention to it. Yes, it is important, but… God, we ask that we would learn how to rest – really rest. To disconnect, to put the phone down, to leave notifications behind for a time. To realize that all of these things – the technology and devices – they all exist to serve us, yet so often the reverse seems to be the case. Open our eyes and hearts to hear your notification – that you call on us to rest so that we can live out our vocation refreshed and ready. And to do it in such a way that we aren’t consumed by it, but rather invigorated and ready. Amen.
Prayer for October 17: God who is, today we come to you and humbly ask that you help us in a dire need. We are a distracted people – very distracted. We are distracted with a tidal wave of information, but very little wisdom. We distract ourselves with our technology, yet really don’t advance as human beings. We are distracted with constant noise, yet wonder why we never know what peace or rest is. We have made distraction an idol that we constantly seek out. Forgive us Lord. As much as we tell ourselves and others how important these distractions, we know that what is truly important is you, our relationship to you and those around us, and what you call us to be and do. Lift our heads away from the distractions to see you in our midst. Turn us to see our neighbors in need and act. Put away the distractions to be with those we claim to care about. Amen.
Prayer for July 29: Please pray with me. Holy God, today we pray that our eyes would be opened to seeing the idols we have created and rely upon us. Forgive us for turning to these human made objects instead of to you. Why do we put more faith in politicians, speeches, celebrities, money, sports, entertainment, sex, drugs, technology, patriotism, security, intelligence, and emotion than in you? Why do we so fervently desire to be in control of these gods and want to be served by them? None of these things can save us oh God. Only you can. Open our hearts to take the leap of faith. Strengthen us to take a blind step forward towards you, not knowing where that step will land, but knowing that regardless of the result, you will never abandon us. Amen.