Prayer for November 8: Please pray with me. Sovereign God, we are a nation that is gripped by fear and anxiety – it is strangling us. We look to our leaders and to candidates to ease the stranglehold and only find them gripping tighter with their words and rhetoric. That is because we have decided to make them idols and gods – we wait anxiously to hear what they have to say. Will they bring us peace? Will they make us great? Will they solve our problems for us? When did we cede our responsibility to live out what you call us to be, Lord? Turn us from putting our salvation in human leaders and instead see them for who they are – fellow human beings who should be the chief servants, examples for us to follow in service to the rest of creation and humanity. Turn us from dividing people into us and them camps. Turn us to answer your call for our lives. Turn us to see that peace is not a destination, but rather the way of living. Turn us so that our trust is in you and that we respond to your call in faithfulness. The days ahead will not be easy Lord. Only you can give us the strength to go forward – to be Christians who are known for your love, grace, peace, and mercy. Shape us into your instruments for the days ahead. Let no one mistake us – may our lives be beacons that display who you are and how you are active in our world today. Turn us, shape us, move us. Amen.
Prayer for April 26: Please pray with me. God of all people, today we pray for our elected leaders and those that vote. We implore you to touch government officials lives with wisdom and shift their yearnings from seeking power to empowering people, offering a vision for people to join in as opposed to dividing people and being true leaders who seek ways to serve their neighbors rather than being served. We also pray for voters, that they not vote the lesser of two evils, recognizing it as still voting for evil. Rather help them discern who would be best for office. Help voters to recognize that they are empowered to change society and that they are not helpless in this regard. Remind them that they have a responsibility to act when they see an injustice and that responsibility to act is not calling a government official to do something about it and then forgetting about the matter. Amen.