Prayer for January 3: Please pray with me. Patient God, when will we learn? How many times will we mess this up? We claim to be your followers, yet we swear our allegiance to so many other things and put these things before you. We claim that you are our God, yet so often we follow the wishes of idols. We claim that you are the who forms our beliefs, yet so often our set of beliefs are nothing more than platform statements of the political party we swear allegiance to. Yet, all these things will pass and fade with time. They will be forgotten to history. And then what? What will remain? Only you. How patient you are Eternal One. How patient you are with us. Radically reorient us to follow your Word and ways of life. To embrace forgiveness, peace, love, grace, and joy. Embody these things within us and make us so uncomfortable that we actually change. Sometimes our comfortable lives and ways lead us to our downfall. Raise us up in uncomfortableness God. Amen.
Prayer for July 18: Please pray with me. Patient God, we have so much to pray for. We pray for all those who are insistent that they, and only they, are right – right about you, right about others, right about ideas, right about faith, right about creation, right about policy, right about so much. Being right has to be exhausting Lord. Give these souls rest from trying to save everyone else because of their “wrong” beliefs about any number of things. Remind us that you are our salvation and that saving others is your job – not ours. Help us to see that your ways are not our ways and that we don’t know better than you do in how to order the cosmos. Amen.
Prayer for February 27. Please pray with me. God who is very patient, grant us patience in the days ahead. So often we are anxious and distracted by news, work, politics, fighting, war, disaster, injustice, financial matters, addictions, and more. Empower us with your patience so that we can face the challenges in our life with a sense of peace. Amen.
Prayer for November 30: Please pray with me. God of patience, today we pray an unpopular prayer. Give us patience Lord, especially in knowing that you act in your own timing to fulfill your will. We may not like it. In fact, we may howl in protest at you God. That’s only because we seem to have this belief that history began when we were born and will end when we die. Yet we know that we only occupy the tiniest of spaces on the timeline of history. Help us to understand what our role is in your will and send your Spirit to strengthen us to live into that call. Amen.
Prayer for November 28: Please pray with me. God patience, as we begin this new season of Advent, we pray that you would give us patience to endure all that is before us during the next month. We pray for students who are finishing up the semester with so many tests, papers, and projects. We pray for parents who are overwhelmed with work and gift buying and decorating. We pray for grandparents who wait patiently to see their families. We also pray for those who struggle for this season – who recall the loss of loved ones, who are affected by the limited light, who struggle with depression. This is a mixed time of the year Lord – yet we are all told to put on a happy face. Be with us as we wait patiently for the busyness to subside so that we can experience the real gift at the end of this season – your coming in the world and our lives. Amen.
Prayer for November 14: Please pray with me. God of wisdom, we pray that you would grant our newly elected officials wisdom, patience, and mercy. We need these things in our leaders Lord so they can be a calm presence in the midst of an anxious people. Turn us from adding to the anxiety that surrounds us Lord. May your Spirit speak through our mouths and in our posts – and let us communicate your love, peace, mercy, and patience. Amen.
Prayer for October 24: Please pray with me. God who is exalted, you tell us that those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted. In our society, we define success by flipping that statement on its head. Yet when we do, we find the foolishness, emptiness, and fleetingness of exalting ourselves. Ultimately, this is a failed attempt to fill a void within ourselves. We know you wait patiently for us to give this up. As Augustine once wrote – we can only rest when we rest in you. Amen.