Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Prayer for Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sixth Sunday of Easter

O God,

Let us worship you simply.

Let us worship you simply,
because of who you are.

Let us worship you simply,
because of what you do.

Let us worship you simply,
because of how you love.

Who you are,
what you do, and
how you love

are deep truths.

But they are simple realities.

So help us keep our
worship of you simple.

Don’t let us make it
unnecessarily complicated.

Let us worship you simply

by praising you simply,
by praying to you simply ,
by listening to you simply,
by communing with you simply, and
by listening to you simply.

Amen.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Prayer for Saturday, April 30, 2016

Thirty-Fifth Day of Easter

O God,

Raise us up so we can see past our abilities.

Let us recognize, embrace, and use our abilities. Give us enough confidence in what we can do that we do it. Don’t let us do less than we are able to do. Help us live up to our full potential.

But also help us look past what we are able to do so we keep our eyes on what you can do. Protect us from the foolishness of trusting in ourselves too much. Protect us from the frustration of thinking that it all depends on us. Help us trust in you to accomplish what only you can accomplish, and to do more through us than we are able to do on our own.

Amen.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Prayer for Friday, April 29, 2016

Thirty-Fourth Day of Easter

O God,

Raise us up so we can see past our assumptions.

We assume some things because they have proven to be true. We assume the air is there because we’ve breathed it for as long as we’ve been alive.

We assume some things because we trust they are true. We assume your grace and love because we trust that Jesus is your greatest self-revelation, and he was full of grace and love.

We assume some things because we’ve been told they are true. Some of those things are right, while others of them are wrong. Some are even terribly wrong.

Help us be discerning about our assumptions.

If they are right, help us continue to embrace them.
If they are wrong, help us see and move beyond them.

Guide us by your love. If any assumption leads us to think, speak, and act in ways that are not motivated by love, help us abandon it immediately. If any assumption leads us to think, speak, and act in ways that are motivated by love, help us embrace it fully.

Amen.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Prayer for Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thirty-Third Day of Easter

O God,

Raise us up so we can see past our suffering.

Help us first to see whether what we think of as suffering really is. Keep us from exaggeration. Give us perspective.

Help us second to see if our suffering is self-inflicted. If it is, help us to repent of whatever brought the suffering to us. Lead us to turn away from what has brought hurt to us and to turn toward you and toward better ways.

Help us third to see how our suffering marks us as human. Remind us that some things come to us because we are human beings. Protect us from a sense of privilege that tells us that it shouldn’t happen to us.

Having seen our suffering for what it is, help us to see past it to what it can lead us to.

Help us see that it can lead us to a closer walk with Jesus as we share in his suffering.

Help us see that it can lead us to a deeper faith in you as we learn you are with us in it all.

Help us see that it can lead us to a greater sense of community as we realize that we are all in this together.

We don’t want to suffer. But we will. When we do, raise us up so we can see past it to the better people we can be on the other side of it.

Amen.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Prayer for Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Thirty-Second Day of Easter

O God,

Raise us up so we can see past our people.

We tend to be with and to talk with
people who see things like we do.
We sit around confirming each
other’s perspectives and opinions.

Help us reach out beyond our circle
of relationships. Help us expand our
circle of friends. Help others do the
same and include us when they do.

Let us see perspectives and understand
opinions that differ from ours. Let us
appreciate and embrace people whose
background and experiences have formed
them to see things differently than we do.

Let others appreciate and embrace us.

Raise us up so we can see past our people.

Expand the parameters of
what constitutes “our people.”

Amen.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Prayer for Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Thirty-First Day of Easter

O God,

Raise us up so we can see past our present.

Help us trust in the great future
that you are bringing about.

Help us be drawn forward by that
great future so that we live in hope.

But don’t let our trust and hope
in your great future cause us to
wish we weren’t in our present.

Don’t let us wish our lives away.

Instead, use our trust and hope in
your great future to inspire us to live
fully and freely right here and right now.

Raise us up so we can see past our present.

Then, having seen past it, let us see it
with new eyes so we can live well in it.

Amen.

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Prayer for Monday, April 25, 2016

Thirtieth Day of Easter

O God,

Raise us up so we can
see past our wants.

Help us know the difference
between our needs and our desires.

Thank you

for food to eat,
for water to drink,
for clothes to wear, and
for places to live.

Please continue to give them to
us. Help us not to fret over them.

Don’t let us spend our lives in pursuit
of things that can never satisfy us.

Free us from the curse
of always wanting more.

Protect us from focusing on our wants when
so many people struggle with their needs.
Help us help them in whatever ways we can.

Help us to be

content,
grateful, and
generous.

Amen.