Prayer for October 19: Please pray with me. Stewarding God, shape us into good stewards – those that care for your creation, those that steward the resources you give to each of us, those that are called to leadership. Stewardship isn’t only about protecting what we have. Instead, you call us to something more radical – taking what you give us and multiplying it for the glory of God’s kingdom. That tells us that we need to not only preserve and conserve the resources your give us, but expand what you give us. Open our eyes to see this is true not only for creation, but also our health, the finances of our worshiping communities, how we serve our neighbors, and more. Amen.
Prayer for July 7: Please pray with me. God of leadership, where do we begin? Our culture seems to lack leadership – leadership that creates an environment where all can thrive, where there can be peace, where we pursue justice, where we are good stewards, where we treat others with respect. Give leaders wisdom to know that leadership is best when it seeks the good for as many as possible. Amen.
Prayer for July 5: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we ask that you sweep over the land and water and refresh creation. We haven’t been good stewards of creation Lord. Forgive us for our lust to get as much as we can out of the earth. Help us to see that good stewardship means taking care of what is not ours and using it responsibly. Amen.
Prayer for June 8: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we thank you for creation. We thank you that we can enjoy your creation. Give us wisdom to be good stewards of creation so that creation can be enjoyed by future generations. Amen.
Prayer for March 14: Please pray with me. God of creation, we are reminded yet again that we are not in control of your creation. Rather we are stewards of it. Yet, even as stewards, we don’t control it. Creation is yours. You call on us to care for it. Help us do that. We also ask that you protect all those who suffer from nature and its wrath in the form of blizzards. Be with all those who must work in the midst of the storm – emergency personnel, electrical line workers, police, firefighters, those who treat and clear the roads, news organizations and so many more – we ask that you keep them safe. Amen.
Prayer for February 24: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we pray for your creation. Guide us in the way of being faithful stewards of your creation. Remind us that all that is, is yours. Even the things that we think we have earned and that we think we deserve – yup, they are yours too. Make us good stewards of all that you give us, so that we can hand it on to the next generation of your stewards. Amen.
Prayer for February 15: Please pray with me. God who labors, today we are reminded that you are a God who creates and works in that creation. We are your creation. You have called us to be stewards of that creation, including ourselves. You are also a God of rest who calls us to rest. Help us to be good stewards and laborers. Give us the courage to rest also at appropriate times. Amen
Prayer for February 2: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we pray that our weather may be most beneficial for your creation. Use the weather to nourish the earth, keep humanity and animals safe from disaster, help us to hear how we can be good stewards of your creation, and open our eyes to seeing the wonder you have created around us. Amen.
Prayer for October 18: Please pray with me. Incarnate God, today we pray that we would hear Jesus’s call to be persistent in prayer. Let what we pray about matter so much that we, like the widow, get in your face with our petitions. We aren’t crazy enough to think we have the answers God, so we aren’t demanding that you answer our petitions the way we want. Instead, we ask that through prayer you transform us to be instruments of your kingdom and will. And in so doing, send us out to be persistent in living out our call to love our neighbors, to be stewards of creation, to sound an alarm where there is injustice, and to seek to reconcile broken relationships. Amen.
Prayer for June 3: Please pray with me. God of wonder, today thank you for the beauty of creation. We come in awe and amazement at what you have created. Help us to stop and enjoy creation around us. We thank you for the animals that we share the planet with. Help us to be good stewards of this creation so that future generations may also enjoy it and be stewards of it as well. Amen.