Monday, March 28, 2011

Prayer for all Believers - adapted from John 17:20-21

Father, we pray that those who profess to believe in your Son Jesus will demonstrate our oneness by finding ourselves in you and by actively living out your purposes together. We ask that you illuminate what we have in common and dissolve our destructive and useless differences. May our capacity for forgiveness increase! Capture our hearts and minds with your dreams for your creation. Turn our desires into your desires. Change our thinking about what is important to reflect what is important to you and equip us with whatever you deem necessary for us to courageously join you in your mission.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Prayer for Desire

God, we confess that our desires have not always been in line with what you desire. Search our hearts and reveal any desires in us that, if satisfied, will not lead us to a deeper love for you or a greater surrender to your mission in the world. Reveal to us a deeper knowledge of who you are and what your heart desires. Fill us with desires for things that are good, pure, beautiful, truthful, lovely, and just. Lead us by your Spirit into activities that demonstrate your heart for the world, and in doing so, may our hearts become like yours.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Praying for Civility

In a recent interview on the controversy kicked up by Rob Bell's new book, Love Wins, Eugene Peterson offers a challenge to all who feel the need to inject their two cents:

"There’s so much polarization in the evangelical church that it’s a true scandal. We’ve got to learn how to talk to each other and listen to each other in a civil way."

Father, search our hearts and reveal any pride or overly-judgmental attitudes in us. Shine your light on the deeper relational issues we have as a Church and heal us by your gentle and merciful Spirit. Remind us again that we are called to be like you and that our interactions with one another are putting you on display to the world around us. Forgive us, God, for our immature actions, attitudes, and words. Continue to work in us and among us, and give us eyes and ears to know how you are inviting us to grow next. Thank you for your faithfulness to us in the midst of our distractions and disagreements.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Prayer for Urgency

Father, we surrender our desires and agendas and seek to take on your desires and your agenda, what some call your mission in, to, and for the world. For those of us who have lost our sense of urgency to join you in your mission, we pray for a desire to desire once again the journey you have called us to.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Prayer for better leadership

In one of my first leadership development classes in college we were asked to memorize the following Chinese proverb:

Go to the people,
Live among them,
Learn from them,
Love them.
Start with what they know,
Build on what they have.
But of the best leaders,
When their work is done,
The people will proclaim,
"We have done it ourselves!"

Over the years this proverb has served as a good reminder for how effective leaders generate change through humble, sometimes unnoticed efforts. It also serves as a critique for why many people strive for positions of leadership (power?). If your goal of being a leader is fueled by a desire for fame you run the risk of ceasing to lead when the crowd's attention is turned elsewhere, which may be precisely the moment in time when good leadership is most necessary.

May you go and be the Light of Christ in the darkest corners of the world, even if no one else is watching.

Father, embolden your people, particularly those in leadership positions, to serve those around them with humility and to empower others out of a deeper trust in you and your Spirit's activity in and through them.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Prayer for New Life

Father, as we enter into this season of Lent we pray for a loosening of our grip on our old life - the one we control - and a tighter embrace of the satisfying life you offer us in your son Jesus Christ. Stir our hearts to more fully desire you and your life. Prompt our minds to recognize the thoughts, attitudes and behaviors of our old life and lead us into a time of repentance, of turning around, of putting to death the ways and things of our former life. While it is still weeks away, we are desperate for a wider embrace of the new life that can only be found in the resurrected Christ.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Prayer for One-ness

Father, we pray for all those who believe in, love, and follow Jesus, and ask for a stronger, deeper spirit of one-ness to reside among us. As we find our one-ness in your one-ness may those around us come to see, believe in, love, and follow Jesus as well. Turn our hearts and attention to the world you love including those who have yet to hear and see Jesus' message of repentance and redemption.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Prayer for Churches and Leaders

Click HERE for a good word from our brother John along with a prayer for our churches and leaders.

Grace and peace to you as you prepare yourself for the upcoming Lenten season.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Prayer of Openness

Father, we open our entire selves to you and surrender all that we are and have and do to you. Whatever you return to us by way of sustenance, skills, dreams and relationships, we receive them as gracious gifts from you. We open ourselves to your presence, nourishment, and guidance today. Thank you God!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Father, we thank you for the work you began in us and are carrying on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Come Lord Jesus.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Prayer of Repentance

Father, we confess we have not lived as we were created to live. Forgive us. We repent of our actions, attitudes, and words that have been motivated by fear, anxiety, and pride. By the power of your Spirit at work in us, we ask that you renew our minds, restore our souls, and reactivate our hands and feet to live as the agents of reconciliation and redemption that you have called us to be. Grant us wisdom in the midst of uncertainty and patience in the midst of chaos. Shape us to become more like your Son, Jesus, for the sake of the world.