A prayer after reading Luke 1:26-38 O Spirit of God, present and more astute than the obsessive mind of my fear, once again you remind me that I need not be afraid. I need not let fear stifle my passion, my drive or eagerness to do something good. And so, O God, I boldly ask you to guide me beyond my fear and into incredibly promising territory, so I may be faithful to your call and proceed in the direction of positive change. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
God of Transformation,
We give you thanks for the redemption story
of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
May we know and grow in your transforming love.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your prophetic ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your healing ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your teaching ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your servant ministry.
- …with us
- …in us
- …around us
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O God who was present when Jesus surrendered, you know how hard it is for us to consider it... to consider Jesus breathing his last breath on the cross. But despite this difficulty, we know, O God, that you endure it with us. You're no stranger to suffering or grief. “When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30 NRSV “Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ Having said this, he breathed his last.” Luke 23:46 NRSV
O Divine Love, who took on human form and human needs, we hear your longing, your thirst. We, too, have longings and needs. But God, we ask that you guide them into better alignment with yours, so that we may more fully join you in your mission. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. “After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), ‘I am thirsty.’” John 19:28 NRSV
O God to whom Jesus called, we are grateful for the invitation to honestly express our complaints, questions, and cries to you. Help us accept that invitation and be more authentic in our interactions with you, so we may better understand your gracious presence and better understand ourselves. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. “And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” Matthew 27:46/Mark 15:34 NRSV
O God, whose ways are not ways of isolation but of love, give us eyes like the discerning eyes of Jesus, so we may see those in need of companionship. And help us take steps to provide the love and companionship that these people need. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.” John 19:26-27 NRSV
God, through Jesus we learn that you remember the needs of your children. Help us to remember them as well. Prompt us to show others care and concern, so they may know that you remember their needs. For indeed, they are your children. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. “Then he [one of the criminals] said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ [Jesus] replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’” Luke 23:42-43 NRSV
Gracious and Merciful God, Whose radical forgiveness we can’t fully fathom, Fill us with your grace, and enlarge our capacity to forgive; So that we can break free from the ways of judgment and hate And learn to be more like Jesus. In his name, we pray. Amen. “Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing…” Luke 23:24 NRSV
Prayerful thoughts after reading Matthew 21:1-17 O God, who in Jesus made grand entrances in the humblest form, Teach us to embrace celebration with humility, to oppose injustice, to resist evil, to offer healing, and to follow your lead. For these are the ways of Jesus, the blessed one, the sent one, Who reveals the unfolding reign of God. O God, who in Jesus made grand entrances in the humblest form, Prepare our bodies, minds, and souls to follow Jesus, So that we, too, may reveal your unfolding reign. Amen.
God of Love and Peace, We lift up those who have been impacted by violence— violence both seen and unseen. We pray for individuals and for communities who are hurting, who are grieving, who are troubled, who feel trapped; and, we pray that you continue to heal these deep wounds. With your Spirit and with your people, work in their lives to bring physical, emotional, and spiritual restoration. And God, help us do our part in your healing work. For we long to see your love and peace prevail. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen