Prayer for December 12: Please pray with me. God of all people, today we pray for clarity of sight. We don’t ask, nor should we ask, to always be right. Frankly, that’s arrogant. Instead, help us to see the people around us. Open our eyes to see that the issues we debate and fight about are attached to people – real people with real lives. So often we separate the issues from the outcome and how these things impact people’s lives. And in so doing, we fool ourselves into thinking decisions only affect faceless, nameless people who aren’t like us. The reality is that all decisions impact us as well. They either fortify us and keep us safe from others or they open our eyes to see others as human beings. Help us to see. 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 December 5: Please pray with me. God of all – yes, even (or maybe especially) the hypocrite, today we ask for a special blessing. We are all hypocrites at our core Lord. That is because we are all broken and see the world through our own brokenness. We all see our way as the best way – the right way. Yet, we don’t give those opposed to us a pass – that maybe they have a better way of going about things. Forgive us in our judgements, our attacks on people, our character assassinations, our efforts to make our opponents into something less than human – into fools. How foolish of us Lord! Forgive us and in so doing, move us to forgive those around us. Change our hearts and in so doing send us out to change hearts around us. Open our eyes to see the humanity of our opponents and to realize that they come to their conclusions for very good reasons – not because they are interested in destroying the world. Thank you for your patience with us Lord – we are slow to learn, yet you are quick to forgive. It makes no sense, but we are eternally grateful for this irrational love that you are. Amen.
Prayer for November 29: Please pray with me. Generous God, you give so much. You gave creation life. You give us life. You give the laws of nature that keep everything in order. You give mercy and grace. You give forgiveness. You give yourself. Help us to follow your ways God. Turn us from wanting more to giving more. Giving of ourselves, our time, our talents, and our treasure. It’s all yours anyway. In our giving, let us be instruments of your will. Amen.
Prayer for June 28: Please pray with me. God of prayer, today we ask a special prayer for all those who pray. Hear their cries and their laments. Hear their joys and adulation. Hear us Lord. Help us to know that we are not alone, but that you not only hear us, but show up in ways we least expect. Open our eyes to see you when you show up. Amen.
Prayer for February 8: Please pray with me. Holy God, today we pray for all who are praying. We thank you that you have given us a way to approach you in such a personal way – to share our worried and concerns, our hopes and dreams, our desires and rants. We thank you that you are a God who is secure enough to handle our doubts and fears and anger directed at you. Thank you for the blessing of prayer and how it changes us and our lives. Amen.