Prayer for March 6: Please pray with me. God of resurrection, we are eternally grateful for your promise of resurrection. When we are honest, we willingly admit that we would rather not have to go through death in order to experience resurrection. But without death, we can’t ever truly appreciate resurrection. We can’t know how radical it is. We can’t really understand how transformative it is. It just becomes a nice idea that sounds great. Move it from just a head knowledge to what we experience in our lives. Amen.
Prayer for March 5: Please pray with me. God of life, today we raise up families who are experiencing the realities of death amongst them. Death sucks Lord. It is like the ripping of the fabric of life and reality. It tears people from one another and feels like eternity itself has been besieged. Death is one of the most difficult things in life to deal with. It feels so permanent. It shows us for who we are – fragile and not in control. But it is a part of our reality. But we thank you Holy One that death does not have the final say. We thank you that at the end of time, you promise us that death will be no more. You promise us that you will renew and transform us and all of creation. And then, the best part – you will come and dwell with us in the new creation. While we weep and mourn today, we wait with hopefulness for the fullness of your coming. Amen.
Prayer for September 6: Please pray with me. God of life, today we pray for all those who are facing death. Death sucks. Yet, it is inevitable for all of us. It is a part of what it means to be alive. But we know that death does not have the final say – you do, oh Lord. You have promised us resurrection and restoration. And you never fail to keep your word. In the moment of death, recall to our hearts and minds your words of assurance. Comfort those who are left behind in their loss. Give them the strength to take one day at a time and know they are not alone and their loved one is not forgotten. Amen.
Prayer for April 17. Please pray with me. On this Easter Monday we continue to rejoice at your resurrection Lord. Give us each a resurrection in our lives this day. Show us how you have conquered death and brought about new life. Today we remember your promised to all of creation – that death does not have the final say, but that you do. And you bring life. Amen.
Prayer for May 25: Please pray with me. God of Resurrection, today we pray for resurrection and life. We pray for families who have lost loved ones to death. We pray that you walk with them in their time of sorrow, pain, questions, anger, and loss. Death sucks. Help us to be with families during this time – not trying to make them feel better, but to be with them in their grief, to acknowledge it, to be uncomfortable in it so that they know they are not alone. Lord, give them what they need to go through each day. Amen.
Please pray with me. God of the impossible, today we pray for our enemies. Just as the resurrection seemed too good to be true to the Apostles and sounds so far fetched today, we pray for what seems impossible – a change of heart to those bent on destruction and death in the name of God. We especially pray for ISIS, for the Taliban, and others who hold extreme beliefs about Islam. We pray for members of the KKK, the Aryan Nation members, and other who hold extreme beliefs about Christianity. We pray for other religious extremist groups of all religions. We pray that they may know peace, they may experience grace and forgiveness. And that in experiencing these blessings, they may turn from their ways and bless others. We pray that we can be instruments of peace and grace and forgiveness to all – especially our enemies and those who are bent on killing us. We pray for what seems like the impossible. Amen.