After a bit of a partial hiatus, I’ve gotten back in a rhythm of posting a (brief) new prayer 2-3 times/week at my @postevangelicalprayers Instagram account.
My hope in these prayers is to explore – for myself and for anyone else who might resonate – what prayer looks like post-evangelicalism. For me, there are ways I used to pray when I was part of the evangelical universe that just don’t make sense anymore. I feel like I’ve lost a lot of well-worn scaffolds for prayer, and I would like to take part in building something new.
My hope is that these “post-evangelical prayers” point toward a God whose love is more vast than evangelicalism teaches and whose Spirit unambiguously moves in the direction of justice.
I thought I’d share a couple recent prayers here, since not everyone uses IG. I’m also very open to your thoughts & feedback if you’re someone who doesn’t use IG regularly but who enjoys these prayers and would like to see more. Is there another format that would work well for you? (FB page? Separate blog? Something else?)
Whether or not you use IG, I’d also love to hear any suggestions of words, themes, thoughts, experiences, realities, Bible passages, etc. that you’d like to see incorporated into future prayers. What’s on your mind that you don’t know how to pray about? (Not that I will know, but…we can reflect together.)
Here are a couple recent prayers:
God, You know all the ones we have lost. You know how we loved: imperfect, but real. We choose to trust that your love holds them. They did not need to pray a Sinner’s Prayer or take communion or recite the Four Spiritual Laws for you to know them and want their good. Surely today they are with you in paradise. Amen. God, You are the one questers always find. We go looking, and there you are. Not particularly concerned with how we seek, just that we seek. “Inclusive” doesn’t quite cover it, because with you there was never any out-group. There was never that power dynamic. We come to you as equals— the only way we can. Amen.
Peace to you this weekend,