Welcome

January 12, 2012

We invite you to read over and reflect on past prayers, and also to contribute your prayers by sending an e-mail to prayforourcountry@gmail.com.  Together we can make a difference.  Matthew 18:19-20.

Easter 2022

April 18, 2022

He has risen

giving us hope

that we too can love sacrificially,

strengthen our communities,

pursue justice, and

survive oppression,

together.

Hope

that we can change the world for our children – all children.

Hope

that they might thrive, finding

food, water, shelter, and opportunities to use the talents God gave them,

together.

Hope

that we might move towards love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,

and away from the politics of power and control.

He has risen.

Alleluia!

Amen

Christmas 2021

December 25, 2021

The light shines in the darkness.

Help us to see.

To understand.

To share your truth.

To act in love.

To pursue peace.

Our hope is in that light.

The light shines through the darkness.

Amen

Advent 2021 Week 4

December 21, 2021

Lord, let your love flow in us and through us.

Heal us.

Help us.

Equip us to share your love.

To reach beyond ourselves.

To find a better way.

Guide us with your love O Lord.

Amen

Advent 2021 Week 3

December 17, 2021

We await O Lord, your justice.

The promise that our mourning will end,

Our fighting will cease,

And both the oppressed and oppressor will be freed to a new way,

A way of compassion, of truth, of caring and love.

And we rejoice in the knowledge that the time for justice will come. Is. 25:9.

Amen

Advent 2021 Week 2

December 9, 2021

Help us find peace O Lord.

Peace within us.

Peace among us.

Peace through us.

Guide us with your vision.

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat,

the calf and the yearling together, and a little child will lead them . . .

They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,

for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Is. 11:6-9).

Amen.

Advent 2021 Week 1

December 3, 2021

He is coming.

And he brings the hope of a better world.

The oppressor will come to an end, and destruction will cease;

the aggressor will vanish from the land.

In love a throne will be established;

in faithfulness a man will sit on it –

one from the house of David –

one who in judging, seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness.

[Isaiah 16:4-5]

We hope and wait.

Amen

Autocracy

July 11, 2021

Today’s prayer borrows from Psalm 83

See how the enemies of democracy are astir.

With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against the freedoms you cherish.

“Come” they say. “Let us destroy this diverse nation, let democracy be no more.”

With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against us.

All those who lie, those who deny justice, those who seek power at our expense,

Make them like tumbleweed, O Lord, like chaff before the wind.

As fire consumes the forest, or a flame sets mountains ablaze, so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm.

May their efforts perish in disgrace.

Cover their faces in shame, and let those who seek your love, your compassion, your mercy prevail.

Amen

Freedom

July 4, 2021

On this 4th of July Lord help us pause and see how much we have to lose if we lose our democracy.

Move us away from the resentments, and divisions that enable the slow creep of autocracy.

May we recognize how much we use our shared freedoms of thought, expression, and association, and the vibrancy those lend to our communities.

Help us protect these for both ourselves and others, slowing the corrosive attacks on views that differ from our own, and challenging appeals to hate and fear.

For the growth of tyranny in its many forms will eventually threaten even those of us who enjoy quiet neighborhoods, regular schedules, good food, and adequate pay.

Without change, even we will some day awake and look at the wreckage and wonder, how did we go astray?

O Lord, do not abandon us to our sinful ways.

Awaken us, guide us, and help us to be better than we are.

Amen.

Justice

June 13, 2021

Today’s prayer is from Psalm 72, v. 12-14

For he will deliver the needy who cry out,

the afflicted who have no-one to help.

He will take pity on the weak and the needy

and save the needy from death.

He will rescue them from oppression and violence,

for precious is their blood in his sight.

Amen

Finding Our Light

June 6, 2021

The prayer today incorporates a paragraph from Across That Bridge by Congressman John Lewis.

“[N]o matter how tarnished or weak the flame, when the forces of darkness seem like they are about to consume us, we will ourselves to survive, and we begin to stand in the center of our inner light and invite its power to clear away the darkness that has clouded the soul.”

Help your light shine in us and through us Lord, that we might find a better way to live and work together.

Amen