Prayer for October 18: Please pray with me. God of our future, today we lift up our futures. So often we see images of a not-so-bright future based on our present. It’s easy to get sucked into a cloud of darkness. There is a great deal of negativity and gloom around us. Yet, you offer an alternative – a message filled with hope, mercy, forgiveness, peace. You offer us something unthinkable – to walk with us in the dark places of our lives and to be a light that shines in the darkness. We walk on a path that leads to places that we have no idea about. And you walk right along side of us. Help us to be vulnerable, to build trust and to be trusting. Open our hearts to respond to your call for us. Amen.
Prayer for October 10: Please pray with me. God of faith, today we ask that we would recognize the faith that you give us. Often we have clouded eyes and closed hearts and have convinced ourselves that we don’t have enough faith. Yet, you give us exactly what we need Lord. Often it is us who reject you and what you give us. Open our arms to receive you. Open our hearts to take you in. But also open our ears to hear that it is not us who choose you, but rather you that chooses us. And in so choosing us, transform us to follow you – fully, and regardless of the cost. Amen.
Prayer for October 6: Please pray with me. Holy God, you are the one true God. Yet, so often we turn to idols – those things which we put our trust in. But really, how ridiculous is that? All of these things are human made and eventually will fade away. All these things which we put our hope for the future will disappear and be forgotten. Yet for some reason we think it makes sense to put our hope and faith in them. That’s crazy Lord! But it makes sense if we believe that history started when we were born and will end when we die. Yet, deep down we know this is not true. You cut across time and space well before we arrived and will be here well after we die. And you offer us a promise of hope, a promise of resurrection in a renewed and restored world. We’d be crazy not to trust this promise, Holy God. You always keep your promises. Open our hearts to embrace your promise of hope. Amen.
Prayer for August 25: Please pray with me. God of community, today we pray that you would lay a foundation of trust in our relationships. Trust takes a great deal of work and when it is destroyed, it takes so much time and energy to restore. Without trust, we become selfish, only looking out for ourselves. That makes us small. Holy God, expand us in ways that surprise us. You instill faith in us and call on us to respond with trust to your call. Give us the courage to answer that call – to take a leap of faith and to trust you. You never fail us. Amen.
Prayer for February 13: Please pray with me. God who saves, our prayer today is simple, yet apparently so difficult to remember, believe, and follow. You are the only one who can save us – not any politician, leader, policy, or political party – it’s not even close. Yet so many put their faith and trust in these things over faith and trust in you. Why? What do we hope to achieve with this? Glory, power, being remembered, greatness, wealth, longer life? These are all laughable compared to your love which endures forever beyond the control of any human ruler. You humble the proud and powerful and bless those who the world curses. Remind us of which side of the equation you call us to be on. Amen.
Prayer for September 29: Please pray with me. God of grace and mercy, today we ask that you open our eyes to see and hear the grace and mercy that you give us each and every day. Sometimes it seems as though you are so distant and far away, that you forgotten us or left us to our own devices. Yet is in these very times that you walk with us. We desire to feel your presence – a frail human need. Yet, we also know that you keep your promises. Give us the ability to respond to your grace and mercy with trust – trust that you remain with us, until the end of the age. Amen.
Prayer for September 19: Please pray with me. God who governs all creation, help us to trust today. We see so many terrible things around us, we hear about these things throughout the world. Yet we are told that all of creation is in your hand. We are told to have faith, yet that can be difficult. Today we ask that you strengthen our trust – trust in you, trust in ourselves, trust in others. Help us to see that trust is a foundation that can build up our world and society to something much better. Amen.