Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Prayer for Thursday, March 5, 2015

Fourteenth Day of Lent

O God,

Help us to drop the act.

Help us to come before you without our pretending and without our pretensions; help us to come before you with full awareness and acceptance of who we are. Help us to come before you acknowledging and confessing that you know exactly who we are and that there is thus no reason for us to pose as someone else.

Help us to come before you knowing that you love and accept us as we are. Help us to come before you knowing that you can and will guide us toward becoming the best version of ourselves that we can be. Help us to come before you ready for honest confession of our sins, for full forgiveness by your grace, and for an altered perspective on how to live our lives.

Amen.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Prayer for Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Thirteenth Day of Lent

O God,

On the one hand, don’t let our repentance show. Don’t let us walk around with a frowning face and a dismal attitude as if to say to the world, “Look at me! I’m repenting! I’m spiritual!” Don’t let us engage in repentance in order to be seen by people. Instead, let our repentance be between you and us.

On the other hand, let our repentance show. Let it show in a positive change in our motives, in our attitudes, in our perspectives, and in our actions. Let it show in the ways that we behave toward you, toward others, and toward ourselves. Let our repentance be between us and everyone and everything that we encounter.

Amen.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Prayer for Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Twelfth Day of Lent

O God,

Cause a spirt of forgiveness to grow in me.

Give me an ever-expanding ability and willingness to accept your forgiveness of me, to extend forgiveness to others, and to apply forgiveness to myself.

Let your forgiveness fill me more and more so that my forgiveness of others and of myself becomes what I want to do and not what I have to do.

Let your grace and mercy fill me more and more so that your grace and mercy become my grace and mercy.

Amen.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Prayer for Monday, March 2, 2015

Eleventh Day of Lent

O God,

In our struggles

between self-loathing and self-acceptance,
between apathy and compassion,
between fear and trust,
between hopelessness and hope,
between greed and generosity,
between self-preservation and sacrifice,
between aimlessness and purpose,
between condemnation and mercy, and
between narrow-mindedness and broad-mindedness,

let your ways win.

Amen.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Prayer for Sunday, March 1, 2015

Second Sunday in Lent

O God,

We celebrate today because

beyond repentance lies forgiveness,
beyond sin lies grace,
beyond guilt lies mercy,
beyond alienation lies restoration,
beyond despair lies hope,
beyond fasting lies feasting,
and
beyond death lies life.

We celebrate all those truths today because
beyond Jesus’s crucifixion lies Jesus’s resurrection.

Help us to celebrate well …

Amen.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Prayer for Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tenth Day of Lent

O God,

Thank you that in your love each and every one of us matters. Thank you that in your eyes our particular and individual lives are significant. Thank you that by your grace every single one of us is valuable.

Forgive us for our sometimes failure to remember how valuable we are. Help us to accept, to celebrate, and to live in light of the fact that we are your beloved children.

But forgive us for sometimes letting ourselves believe that our life is more important than anyone else’s life, for sometimes putting our individual rights and privileges ahead of everyone or anyone else’s rights and privileges, and for sometimes failing to consider the impact of our choices on everyone’s or anyone’s ability to choose.

Forgive us for sometimes failing to remember and to live in light of the truth that as followers of Christ we are to think of others even more than we think of ourselves. Help us to think of and to treat others as Jesus taught and showed us to do …

Amen.

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Prayer for Friday, February 27, 2015

Ninth Day of Lent

O God,

Help us to take responsibility for our sins; help us to think and to act responsibly as we perceive and as we repent of our sins.

Don’t let us fixate on our sins; don’t let us fall prey to the paralysis of obsessive guilt. Don’t let us wallow in our guilt so that our “repentance” becomes all about us and leads to no positive developments.

Help us instead to learn from our sins; help us to move toward more positive and helpful ways of thinking, of feeling, and of living.

Help us instead to make restitution for our sins; give us the courage and the willingness to make right (or at least to make better) what we can.

Help us instead to mend relationships that are broken because of our sins; give us love and grace to seek forgiveness from and reconciliation with those whom we have injured through our sins.

Help us to take responsibility for our sins in ways that will contribute not only to our own healing but also to the healing of the people around us and of the world in which we live …

Amen.