Prayer for March 27: Please pray with me. God of the weary, be with us as we plod forward. You stayed with the Israelites as they wandered for 40 years in the wilderness – be with us also. Guide our paths, make straight the pathways that lead us forward. You walk with us on the hike of life. You set the path. You clear the brush. You are the marker that lets us know we are on the right path. We are often tired, Lord. Yet, you do not grow weary. You ease our burden. Amen.
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 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 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 March 13: Please pray with me. God of labor, today we pray for all who labor and toil. We thank you for the ability to work. We thank you for the vocation you call us to. Bless our labors and remind us that we labor not just for money, but to fulfill our call in life – to live out the Gospel, to be a light to the world, to be an example of forgiveness in an unforgiving world, and to speak words of mercy, love, and peace to those who so desperately need to hear them. Amen.
Prayer for September 12: Please pray with me. God who is, today we pray that you remind us that we are human beings, not human doings. It is so easy to get caught up in the rat race, the work, the chatter, who’s who and what’s what of life. Yet, you have different plans for us, much better plans for us. Help us to have ears that hear and eyes that see you around us. Give us hands and feet that we may go and be with those that need your presence in their lives. Cause us to pause and just be when we need it most. Amen.
Prayer for September 7: Please pray with me. God who accomplishes all things, today we pray that we would let go of the need to be so very busy. Help us to realize that all that needs to be accomplished has been accomplished. Help us to see that our work is not something that advances our salvation, yet it is our call and vocation to participate in your mission to the world – to reconcile and restore creation’s relationship with you. Amen.
Prayer for September 5: Please pray with me. God who labors, today we pray for all who labor and toil. Bless their work and keep them safe. Remind us that our vocation goes beyond the work that we do. We aren’t just laborers Lord, we are called. Our vocation is to be your hands and feet for all around us in the various roles that we carry through life. On this Labor Day in the USA, we thank you for the ability to work. We thank you for a day to rest from our labors. We thank you for the jobs that we have. And we pray for all those who labor today, who are without employment yet seek it, who are underemployed. Grant them what they seek Lord, if it be your will. Amen.