Prayer for November 23

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 October 6

Prayer for October 6: Please pray with me. Expansive God who knows no end, today we pray for our politics.  Yes Lord, this is a big prayer.  We hand over all of our politics over to you Lord.  We’ve screwed it up pretty good with our own ambitions, addiction to power, division, lust for being right, and worse.  Only you can fix this.  But instead of just fixing it, please replace it with your kingdom.  Amen.