Prayer for March 19: Please pray with me. God of peace, today we life up the peacemakers of this world. Those that strive to create an environment where peace will take hold. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said Blessed are the peacemakers. He didn’t say blessed is peace. Rather, he recognized that peace is not a destination, but rather a process and a way of life. Help us to stop praying for peace and to instead to have the courage and strength to be peacemakers. We pray that our leaders would see the wisdom of moving towards peace as well. It is only in making peace that a society can benefit from trust and can move towards prosperity for all members of the society – especially the least and the lost. Let policy makers and leaders realize that being a peacemaker isn’t only just related to international policy and military action – it relates to the policies we create and how they impact those that are outcast within our own society. Compel us to be peacemakers. Amen.
Prayer for December 8: Please pray with me. God of peace, we seem to be spending an awful lot of time praying for peace, but not seeing the result. Make us instruments of your peace Lord. Use us and move us to be peace in the midst of violence. Make us instruments of peace where we are called to be peace to those around us. Amen.
Prayer for December 7: Please pray with me. Holy God, today we pray for peace. Peace is a difficult thing for humanity – we don’t seem to get it. Peace doesn’t come through poking and provoking – no matter how hard we poke and prod. Peace doesn’t come through demands and insults – no matter how forcefully we yell. Peace doesn’t come through ego and hubris – no matter how far we puff out our chest. And peace doesn’t come through wiping out an enemy and scaring one’s enemies away through military weaponry. Peace comes through vulnerability, humility, openness, and accompanyment. Peace comes through a recognition of the humanity of those that differ from us. Peace comes in each decision we make to see what we hold in common rather than to see who is right and who is wrong. Forgive us when we make decisions that diminish peace. As St. Francis of Assisi once prayed, make us instruments of your peace. Peace isn’t a destination Lord, but rather a way of living and being. Amen.
Prayer for October 18: Please pray with me. God of our future, today we lift up our futures. So often we see images of a not-so-bright future based on our present. It’s easy to get sucked into a cloud of darkness. There is a great deal of negativity and gloom around us. Yet, you offer an alternative – a message filled with hope, mercy, forgiveness, peace. You offer us something unthinkable – to walk with us in the dark places of our lives and to be a light that shines in the darkness. We walk on a path that leads to places that we have no idea about. And you walk right along side of us. Help us to be vulnerable, to build trust and to be trusting. Open our hearts to respond to your call for us. Amen.
Prayer for October 12: Please pray with me. God of grace, today we ask for an extra dose of grace. We need it Lord. There are so many of us humans who are extremely judgemental. How did we to be this way? There are so many humans who are quick to point out the flaws and errors of other humans. How did we get this way? More importantly, will it always be this way? Please help us Lord – remove the judgementalism and the eye for flaws and errors. These are a disease and virus on our souls. They are not life-giving, but crushing. Instead, give us hearts of grace, mercy, and peace. Yes, especially to those that are most judgmental. Please. Amen.
Prayer for July 7: Please pray with me. God of leadership, where do we begin? Our culture seems to lack leadership – leadership that creates an environment where all can thrive, where there can be peace, where we pursue justice, where we are good stewards, where we treat others with respect. Give leaders wisdom to know that leadership is best when it seeks the good for as many as possible. Amen.
Prayer for April 28: Please pray with me. God of the nations, today we pray for peace. Help leaders to recognize that peace isn’t a destination – something to be obtained if the circumstances work out that way. No, instead, help leaders and their people, to see that peace is a way of life, decision. It is not an easy decision, nor any easy road to follow. There will be plenty opportunities to put peace aside in favor of violence, war, division, revenge, and judgement. Yet, help us to set those easy paths aside. They all lead to the same result – death. Give us the courage to choose peace. Give leaders wisdom to choose peace for their people. Radically reorient those who choose a more violent path so that swords may be beaten into ploughshares. Amen.
Prayer for April 14: Please pray with me. On this Good Friday, we pray for all who are near death. Accompany the dying as they take their last breaths. Give them peace and assurance. Be with the family and friends of those who are dying – be a comfort for them. Be with those who will die alone – be present to them so they will not die in fear. Amen.
Prayer for March 16: Please pray with me. God of the nations, today we pray for the nations of the world – that their leaders would be peacemakers, ending conflict where they can. Give them wisdom. And touch the lives of people everywhere to live your call to serve one another as neighbors. Amen.
Prayer for March 13: Please pray with me. God of labor, today we pray for all who labor and toil. We thank you for the ability to work. We thank you for the vocation you call us to. Bless our labors and remind us that we labor not just for money, but to fulfill our call in life – to live out the Gospel, to be a light to the world, to be an example of forgiveness in an unforgiving world, and to speak words of mercy, love, and peace to those who so desperately need to hear them. Amen.