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 September 21

Prayer for September 21: Please pray with me. God of all creation, today we come to you in thanksgiving.  We thank you for this summer as it ends.  We thank you for the blessings we received during this season and look forward to a new season set to dawn on us.  Just as the seasons change and we ask that you work on our hearts and minds to change us to be instruments of your grace, mercy, and love.  As the leaves begin to change and fall from the trees, we ask that anger, fear, and pride would be changed in us and fall from our very being.  Change our reality just as the world around us changes.  So that in changing our reality, we may respond in what we do and how we interact with those around us and with the world we live in.  Amen.