Prayer for August 28: Please pray with me. God who is, who was, and who will be – today we pray that you would give us the courage to answer your call. When Jesus asked “Who do you say that I am?” the disciples were scared to answer. We understand their fear Lord. If the answer is an acknowledgement of God, then we can’t just smile and nod and ignore your words and continue living how we want. Instead, we are called to imitate, to follow, to live differently. We are called to communicate differently. We are called to live out our relationships differently. We are called to live out our vocations differently. We are called to use our financial resources differently. We are called to recognize that everything we have is yours and that you have made us stewards. You call us to use these resources and our very lives to participate in the unfolding of the reign of God. No wonder it’s scary to declare that you are God. Give us the courage to live into the faith you give us. Amen.
Prayer for August 4: Please pray with me. God of Truth, clear the blinders from our eyes. Make us the blind man whom Jesus restored sight to. Help us to see that we are not the ultimate arbiters of truth – only you are. Move us away, far away, from our preferred binary beliefs that pit people against one another, that create the “good” and the “bad” people. Push us far away from cornering people into either/or decisions. Deep down we know that life is messy and full of gray. That doesn’t mean that anything goes. It means we are dealing with the reality of humanity. And help us in our unbelief of thinking that our faith is based on what we believe. If that is so, then our faith is pretty shaky and nothing more than a house of cards that is ready to cave in at any moment. Open our hearts to live into trust in you, not knowing what the future holds, but knowing that you walk along side us as we journey forth. Amen.
Prayer for April 11: Please pray with me. God who teaches, today we remember how you Son went into the Temple one last time to teach. Bless the teachers in our lives. Bless teachers with patience, wisdom, and energy. Help us to be supportive of our teachers as they mold and form our children. Amen.
Prayer for January 30: Please pray with me. God of blessing, today we remember the Beatitudes – the counter cultural teachings of Jesus. In this sermon that Jesus gives, he lists all those who are blessed. Remind us that this message of blessing is far different than what the world blesses – the wealthy, the strong, the mighty, the ruthless, the conquerors. Today we are reminded that you bless us so we can be a blessing to others and we can bless others, not destroy them. Amen.
Prayer for November 10: Please pray with me. Triune God who only knows unity in being, today we pray that your Spirit would breath new life into this people – a reconciling breath that will restore broken relationships. This is what salvation is all about God and we need it desperately as we move forward. Transform our nation to live under your banner and to carry out your platform of hope as Jesus expressed it in the Beatitudes. Amen.
Prayer for July 19: Please pray with me. God of truth, today we pray that we would be changed. Help us to stop waiting for others to change, praying for others to change, trying to force others to change. Help us to let go of the desire to be right. Help us to stop asking “Who is my neighbor?” Transform us instead to take Jesus words and call to be a neighbor, especially to those we hate or are hated by, and make them a part of our very being. Amen.
Prayer for April 25: Please pray with me. God who travels, today we pray for all travelers. We remember that in Jesus, you traveled by foot all around Palestine to share good news to all who had ears to hear. You provided Jesus a place to sleep at night during these travels. Be with all travelers today. Give them rest from the exhaustion of travel, joy in the discovery of a new place and culture, and a place to sleep. Let their journeys be good news to all who they meet. Amen.