Friday, July 29, 2016

A Prayer for Friday, July 29, 2016


Sift

O God,

As we

hear what we hear,
see what we see, and
think what we think,

help us sift

the good from the bad,
the best from the good,
the right from the wrong,
the wise from the foolish,
the helpful from the hurtful,
the just from the unjust,
the constructive from the destructive,
the hopeful from the despairing, and
the loving from the hateful.


Amen.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Prayer for Thursday, July 28, 2016

Noses

O God,

Scientists have found a bacterium in the human nose that produces an antibiotic that can fight MRSA.

First, thank you for scientists. Thank you for the work they do to increase our understanding and to assist humanity.

Second, thank you for the wonder of the human body. We are indeed wonderfully made.

Third, help us pay attention to what’s right under our noses. Who knows what else is readily available to us to help us deal with our problems? You just might have given us plenty of grace, hope, and love to treat the spiritual and social problems that threaten human health. Help us keep looking until we find them. And having found them, help us make good use of them.


Amen.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Prayer for Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Dems 2016

O God,

The Democratic Convention is taking place in Philadelphia. Hillary Clinton is officially the party’s nominee for President.

Please bless the delegates and others who are gathered for the convention. Give them wisdom. Grant them safety.

Watch over Secretary Clinton and Senator Kaine and their families. Keep them safe during the upcoming campaign.

Let the Democratic agenda be guided by compassion for those who are suffering, by concern for those who are oppressed, and by hope for those who are in despair.

Help the Democrats be a voice and a force for positive change in our nation and in our world.


Amen.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Prayer for Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Killing

O God,

There’s too much killing.

Too many people believe that the best way to make their point or to express their feelings is to harm and kill other people. Too many people are willing to use a gun, a bomb, a knife, a truck, or some other weapon to inflict pain and grief on others.

Lead us to repent of violence. Lead us to repent of our attitudes and motives that accept and even fuel violence. Help us not to nurture thoughts of anger and desires for vengeance.

Help us as a community, be it local, national, or universal, address the societal problems that prompt people to believe that killing will help them or their cause. Help us address mental illness, prejudice, oppression, inequality, ignorance, and other situations that lie behind the violence and killing that are far too commonplace.

Help us as followers of the Prince of Peace to do all we can to promote, advocate for, and live in peace.


Amen.

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Prayer for Monday, July 25, 2016

Quick

O God,

Let us be quick

to understand,
to accept,
to forgive,
to help,
to give, and
to love.

Amen.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Prayer for Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Lord’s Day

O God,

We worship you

as Creator,
as Savior, and
as Lord.

We offer you
our presence and
our praise.

Help us offer you
our lives as well.

Help us offer you

our attitudes,
our motives,
our words, and
our actions.

Let our prayer be,
“Not our will, but
your will be done.”

Let the way we live
be your answer …

Amen.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Prayer for Saturday, July 23, 2016

Discourse

O God,

We are in the midst of a presidential election season.

It’s been ugly. We expect it to get uglier.

Forgive those who think that’s a good thing. Forgive us if we think it’s a good thing.

The discourse during this campaign has often spread darkness more than light and obscured truth more than revealed it.

We pray that the candidates and their campaigns will be motivated by a desire to do what’s best for the nation and for the world. We pray that they will speak the truth and act with integrity so we can evaluate them on the basis of what they say and do.

We recognize that they are likely to fall short of such ideals.

So we pray that you will give us wisdom and discernment. Give us the ability to know the truth and to act on it. Help us to interpret political discourse well so we can make the best decision possible when we vote this fall. Let our hearing, understanding, and responding be guided by grace, love, empathy, and compassion.

We recognize that we are likely to fall short of such ideals.

So—Lord, have mercy …

Amen.