Prayer for August 9: Please pray with me. God of the poor, you tell us that the poor we will always have with us, yet that doesn’t mean you excuse poverty. You call on us to love and care for the poor – even to serve the poor. We feel good about serving the poor Lord, but do we take this too far? Keep us vigilant in serving the poor – in ways that actually help the poor, ways that tap into the value of the individual, in ways that encourage and empower, in ways that build relationships, in ways that we might not even imagine. Don’t just let us write a check to an agency that works with the poor so that our hands don’t have to get dirty. Push us to be uncomfortable enough to not only serve the poor, but to befriend the poor and in so doing, to humanize and lift up our fellow human beings. Amen.
Prayer for April 20. Please pray with me. On this Easter Thursday we pray for all those transitioning in life. Our lives are in a constant state of change. We ask that you guide us through these changes of life – new relationships, new careers, new jobs, new homes, now families, new health, new life. Sometimes these changes feel like the women who came to the tomb on Easter Sunday – full of fear and joy. Yet, like the women, you tell us – “do not be afraid.” Help us to be bold enough to go forward without fear, knowing that ultimately, our lives are in your hands. Amen.
Prayer for March 20: Please pray with me. God of time, today we pray that you would bless this week and all that it holds. Accompany us as we experience the great joy, deep sorrow, fiery anger, and holy laughter. Be with us as we work, rest, play, and learn. We thank you for all the individuals that we will meet this week and for the established relationships with others that will grow throughout this week. Amen.
Prayer for March 6. Please pray with me. God to forgives, we ask for forgiveness. We stumble, we fall, we live in broken relationships, we brake relationships. We sin. Forgive us, we pray. And help us to receive your forgiveness. Help us to forgive ourselves. Help us to forgive others. Amen.
Prayer for February 17: Please pray with me. God of love, today we call on you to bless relationships. Infuse love into marital relationships that they may shine your light of love on all the world. Heal broken relationships that have damaged people. Strengthen the bond of families so that no one may be alone. And let forgiveness roam throughout the earth. Amen.
Prayer for November 24: Please pray with me. God of thanksgiving, today we pray a simple pray mouthed in two words – Thank you. Thank you for all that you have given us. Thank you for our lives. Thank you for the relationships – even when we struggle with them. Thank you for our families. Thank you for forgiveness. Thank you for peace. Thank you for mercy. Thank you for grace. Thank you for love. Thank you for putting up with me and my hardheartedness and stubbornness. Thank you for showing me the way. Thank you.
Prayer for September 20: Please pray with me. Reconciling God, today we pray that all broken relationships be reconciled in and by you. Help us to recognize that the broken relationships in our world are the cause of so much pain, sorrow, anger, and division. Our broken relationship with you, with others around us, and with your creation. We have broken relationships with ourselves too that we would rather not address. Shine your light on all of these that we hide away in darkness out of fear. Renew, restore, and enliven all relationships. Amen.