O God of love, O King of peace,
make wars throughout the world to cease;
our greed and sinful wrath restrain.
Give peace, O God, give peace again.
(ELW #749 – O God of Love, O King of Peace)
In our Gospel reading a few weeks ago, the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. I mentioned a few different ways we’re taught to pray as children – ways to remember to pray for the world and for others, instead of only our own needs. I mentioned the ACTS prayer (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) and the Hand Prayer, where each finger on our hands reminds us who should be included in our prayers.
There are so many ways to pray! Some of us use short prayers, some of us use long prayers, some of us are silent, some of us yell – all of these are good ways to pray! Prayer is how we talk to God and how our relationship with God goes deeper.
During this month, leaders, coaches, athletes, fans, chaplains, doctors, chefs, equipment managers, and others will gather in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics. We look with hope to these games as a time to cheer on those who are the best in their sport and how countries can coexist and compete together, for a little while.
While we are preparing, cheering, and remembering the Olympics, I invite you to pray for the participating countries this month in your daily prayers. (A link to the schedule is here.)
Pray for their leaders. Pray for their people. Pray for the rich. Pray for the poor. Pray for an end to fear and war. Pray for peace within their borders. Prayer is such a small act, but there is incredible power that comes from joining together in prayers that God will act and bring long-awaited peace on earth.
Peace & Blessings,