Prayer for September 1

Prayer for September 1: Please pray with me. God who is the Word, we pray that we would hear your word for what it is.  We pray that we would not try to twist it to make it into something that it is not.  Open our ears to hear the Law and Gospel that is present.  Open our ears also to hear when the Bible is used as a tool to divide and condemn.  Give us legs to run far away from this.  Open our hearts to hear your word and take it in and in so doing, change who we are.  Amen.

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Prayer for July 24

Prayer for July 24: Please pray with me. God of the unexpected, today we ask that you surprise us.  Open our eyes to see and our ears to hear your Word anew.  Help us to hear your word of grace and love for those around us – friend and foe.  Help us to see the humanity of those around us.  Remind us that our job is not to judge and force others to be like us and adopt our version of “right.” Instead our job is to respond to the grace and love you give us by being wheat in the midst of weeds – to live differently, to proactively live out the kingdom, to forgive, to love, to care, to be peacemakers. Amen

Prayer for November 16

Prayer for November 16: Please pray with me. God of the cosmos, today we pray for your church.  We are fond of claiming that the church is more than the building, yet how we latch and attach ourselves onto the importance of our buildings.  Remind us that the church is called to not only care for those inside the church, but we are called to go out from the building, having been fed with your word and sacrament, so that we can serve our neighbors.  Amen.

Prayer for July 26

Prayer for July 26: Please pray with me. Light of the world, today we pray that we would be inspired by your word and action in the world. Help us to see past the hype and rhetoric of this world and what it offers. Help us to move past the loyalties we hold onto tightly here. Clear our eyes to see that we are citizens of your kingdom where you reign. Clear our ears to hear your words that offer us hope, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and love.  Open our hearts that we may be made new by you and in so doing, that we may be your hands, feet, and mouth to our communities.  Amen.

Prayer for June 23

Prayer for June 23: Please pray with me. Word of God, you are a God who communicates a healing and creative word to creation. Speak your word through us to bring people together, to offer healing words, to bring grace, forgiveness, and peace.  Help us to speak words that move us away from seeing the world as us vs. them to recognizing that there is only us. We pray that our elected leaders will use words of reconciliation to mend and heal.  Amen.