Monday, March 30, 2015

A Prayer for Monday, March 30, 2015

Thirty-Fifth Day of Lent/Monday of Holy Week

O God,

As we follow Jesus through Holy Week, help us to learn more about the way that we are called to follow as we live our lives.

Help us to learn more about our individual calling and our particular path.

Help us also to learn more about the ways of living that are to characterize the life of every follower of Jesus—the ways of obedience, of faithfulness, of courage, of humility, of service, of sacrifice, of grace, of forgiveness, and of love.

Then, having learned more about the way that we are called to follow Jesus as we live our lives, help us actually to follow …

Amen.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Prayer for Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sixth Sunday in Lent/Palm Sunday

O God,

As we praise Jesus as our King today,
help us to praise him as
the King that he really is and not as
the King that we want him to be.

Help us to praise Jesus as the King

whose procession was marked by humility,
whose agenda was marked by service,
whose sacrifice was marked by intentionality, and
whose life was marked by love.

As his followers spread palm branches before him,
help us to spread our lives before him,
lives that are marked by his kind of
humility, service, intentionality, and love.

Amen.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Prayer for Saturday, March 28, 2015

Thirty-Fourth Day of Lent

O God,

Where would I be if you had not loved me in my sin and if you had not held me in my pain?

For that matter, where would I be if you did not still love me when I sin and if you did not still hold me when I hurt?

Thank you for your great love, for your great grace, and for your great mercy.

Help me to be so filled with thanksgiving for your love, grace, and mercy that I love other people in their sin and hold others in their pain.

Let my thanksgiving show itself in how I share with others what I have received from you …

Amen.

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Prayer for Friday, March 27, 2015

Thirty-Third Day of Lent

O God,

Let my repentance be not
just a turning away from sin
but also a turning
toward you and
toward others.

Let my repentance be not
just a turning away from a fear of judgment
but also a turning
toward an embrace of grace and
toward a lifestyle of love.

Let my repentance be not
just a turning away from following the wrong path
but also a turning
toward walking with you and
toward walking with others
who walk with you.

Amen.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Prayer for Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thirty-Second Day of Lent

O God,

We affirm that we cannot know or understand what all lies behind and plays into the decisions we make, the choices we choose, and the actions we undertake; we cannot know or be mindful of the roles that genetics, that family and social environment, that human evolution, that experience or lack of experience, or that the influence of others play in why we think what we think, feel what we feel, say what we say, or do what we do.

But we confess that, when it comes down to it, we are responsible for ourselves; we are responsible for our own attitudes, our own words, and our own actions.

So help us to be as wise as we can be when it comes to comprehending the complicated nature of our humanity; help us extend ourselves some appropriate understanding without making excuses for ourselves.

But also help us to be as brave as we can be when it comes to accepting our responsibility; help us to acknowledge our fault and to confess our sins without becoming mired in guilt.

Thank you that you know everything about who we are and about why we do the things we do.

Thank you that you judge us through eyes that see us through your grace and love.

Amen.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Prayer for Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thirty-First Day of Lent

O God,

Thank you for the clean water we have to drink;
forgive us for not caring about those who do not have clean water to drink.

Thank you for the abundant food we have to eat;
forgive us for not caring about those who do not have adequate food to eat.

Thank you for the safe and adequate housing in which we live;
forgive us for not caring about those who do not have safe and adequate housing.

Thank you for the health care to which we have access;
forgive us for not caring about those who do not have access to health care.

Thank you for the stable society in which we participate;
forgive us for not caring about those who do not live in a stable society.

Thank you for the assumption of innocence under which we live;
forgive us for not caring about those who live under an assumption of guilt.

Thank you for the freedoms of religion and expression under which we live;
forgive us for not caring about those who do not have the freedoms of religion and expression.

Thank you for the opportunities of improvement and advancement that we enjoy;
forgive us for not caring about those who do not have the opportunity to improve and to advance.

Thank you for all the blessings that we have;
forgive us for not wanting everybody else to have such blessings.

Amen.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Prayer for Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thirtieth Day of Lent

O God,

Remove from me anything that stands in the way of my loving you with my entire being and of my loving my neighbor as I love myself.

Take away anything in my thoughts, in my motives, in my attitudes, in my emotions, in my words, and in my actions that interferes with my ability to love you and to love others.

But don’t just take away anything that stands in the way of love; fill me up with everything that opens up the way to love.

Fill me with understanding, with empathy, and with compassion. Fill me with a desire to serve, to help, and to give. Fill me with grace, with mercy, with hope, and with peace.

Fill me so full of the things that make for love that there is no room left for the things that stand in its way.

Amen.