Prayer to See What Could Be

Pentecost Prayer

A prayer for tomorrow’s sermon at Spring Creek Baptist Church: God of life, Sometimes our prayers are as parched as the desert and our hearts as dry as the dunes of sand. We take offense at things that don’t matter, but ignore the ones that do. When others are hungry, we are full. When others are hurting, we are numb. When others are cold, we rest comfortably beneath warm blankets of apathy.

Prayer for Finals Week

It is finals week here at Oklahoma Baptist University. Here is a prayer for students: Dear students, May God calm your anxieties, refresh your minds, and honor the faithfulness you have shown this semester. Remember that God has gifted you more than you can imagine, and you are capable of more than you’ve ever dreamed. May the great wisdom of the Father, the incomparable love of the Son, and the mighty power of the Spirit

Prayer for Easter

(Photograph: Weeping Mary by Martin Gommel)1 “Who is it you are looking for?” is a question for me, not just for Mary. Mary looked at Jesus, and saw the gardener. I look at my neighbor, and see a stranger; a stranger, an see an antagonist; an antagonist, and see an enemy. Help me, Lord, to see you, wherever, and whoever, you are. Amen Weeping Mary, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Prayer for Holy Saturday

Prayer for Good Friday

(Mosaic: Carrying the Cross of Christ by Gabriel Loire)1 It is a sign that we cannot really understand what it means for God to die, that we remember this day when truth and beauty hung upon a cross and we call it good. What our minds cannot comprehend, our words cannot express. So, we can do nothing but stand in silence before the glory and the horror of the cross.

Prayer for Palm Sunday

Holy God, Examine my thoughts on this Palm Sunday. Does my Jesus… Want the very same things I want? Love only the same people I love? Hate all of the same people I hate? Have an agenda that fits too easily into my own agenda? Never say anything that makes me uncomfortable? If so, then what is the object of my worship? Is it a god of my own creation,

The Betrayer

The Lamb of God

(Painting: Lamb by Francisco Zurbarán)1 The sounds of Passover fill the streets with desperate bleating as all the animals must be dragged to play their sacrificial roles. All, that is, save one who goes quietly with determination, strength, and purpose. Lamb of God have mercy on me. Amen Zurbarán, Francisco, 1598-1664. Lamb, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved March 27, 2017].

Who Is My God?