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Praying about good news in us and through us

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Oh, Lord, There's not a lot of good news flying around these days. Not a lot to make us joyful or optimistic. Not a lot that is attracting the world to the church. In fact, our news--and our handling of the news-- is probably pushing people away. If we're going to bite and devour one another, who wants that kind of religion? What a terrible misrepresentation of who God is. God, I'm asking you to change us. Change me more every day. I want my life, my words, and my testimony to spread good news about God's love, Jesus' death, and the Church Jesus started. And so I pray Colossians 1:3-6 over all of us: Each time we pray for you,  we thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have heard of your faith in Christ and of your love for all God's people, because what you hope for [not political victory]  is kept safe for you in heaven. You first heard about this hope when you believed the true message,  which is the good news. The go

A prayer of joy (and why joy works in a messed-up world)

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Oh, Lord, I rejoice in your lovingkindness, your love, your goodness, your faithfulness, your patience, your forgiveness , your gentleness, your justice, your generosity, your righteousness, and your discipline. Your works and your ways are mysterious, but I trust them because you have always shown yourself to be trustworthy . You are good, and you only do good. Thank you for the history of the world: because in the midst of chaos, suffering , and victimization, you have always shown yourself loving, just, and faithful. You have always redeemed those who seek you. You have always blessed those who follow you. You are father to the fatherless (that's me)! You defend the widow (that was my mom)! You put the lonely in families (that's so many of us)! You free the prisoners (that's justice). You shake the world with your might and power. You paint it in brilliant colors, and you give it to us to enjoy (everybody can see your works!). Praise