Prayer for September 5: Please pray with me. God of Sabbath, today we pray for all those who cannot or will not rest. There is much to do in our culture Lord. So often we make our work into an idol – yes an idol to be worshiped. What else can we call it when we devote so much time, energy, and attention to it. Yes, it is important, but… God, we ask that we would learn how to rest – really rest. To disconnect, to put the phone down, to leave notifications behind for a time. To realize that all of these things – the technology and devices – they all exist to serve us, yet so often the reverse seems to be the case. Open our eyes and hearts to hear your notification – that you call on us to rest so that we can live out our vocation refreshed and ready. And to do it in such a way that we aren’t consumed by it, but rather invigorated and ready. Amen.
Prayer for June 7: Please pray with me. God of rest, today we pray for all who seek your rest. We can’t keep going without rest Lord. Yet rest is so counter-cultural. Our society is grounded on working ourselves to death. Yet, you call us to something different – rest. Help us to answer this call for our lives and help others to rest as well. Amen.
Prayer for August 4: Please pray with me. God of Sabbath, today we ask for rest. We are tired Lord. We are tired of running here and there. We are tired of working long and hard. We are tired of being constantly connected and in the know about everything. We are tired of hearing about every single tragedy that occurs in the world. We are tired of weeping. We are tired of crying out to you. We are tired. Give us rest Lord. Renew us and rejuvenate us with your holy food. Refresh us with your holy word. Touch us and heal us so that we can go back into the world and touch and offer prayers of healing to those around us. Amen.