Seeking God, it is hard for me to imagine that you would come looking for me. What do I offer? What can I provide? Despite my unbelief, I know deep in my bones that nothing could keep you away. Thanks be to God for a love like that. Amen
Gracious God, it is easy for me to cling to scarcity, to focus on what could run dry, run out, or come up empty. Yet, in the midst of that scarcity mindset, the fishing nets almost break, full of fish. Flip my perspective. Show me the nets. Remind me that life with you has abundant beauty and love. Remind me that there is no end to goodness with you at my side. Amen.
Holy God, the world tells me to seek after status and wealth, but the things I seek are deeper than that. I want connection and belonging. I want bread and roses. I want beauty and delight. I want to laugh until I cry and to feel you in the room when I pray. Keep pulling my seeking heart into deeper waters. Do not let me stray from the things that truly matter. Amen.
God of the sea, I long for a faith that takes me into deep water. I long for a faith that leaves the safety and the shallows of the shore for deeper relationship, deeper faith, and deeper wonder. However, despite my longings, fear always finds me. Challenge me to follow you even when the invitation feels risky. I don’t want to stay in the shallows. I want to follow you into the deep. Amen.
Jesus Christ, you met Peter on a boat, on a normal day at sea. I imagine you have done the same for me. I imagine you have met me a thousand times, in a thousand ways, before I ever realized you were near. Thank you for meeting me over and over again. Thank you for giving me the chance to begin. Thank you for the chance to make this faith my own. Amen
Gracious God, scripture is full of stories where you call ordinary people to do extraordinary things. In a world that often tells us to hustle and fight for our self-worth, that truth causes me to pause. Is it possible that you could be calling me just like you called Peter? Remind me that my worth is not rooted in the things of the world. My worth is rooted in you. Make me brave enough to trust it. Amen.
Calling God, I do not simply want to follow the yellow brick road of life that society has laid out for me. I want to follow you. I want to go where you call me. I want to be the person you know I can be. So in this Lenten season, help me listen for the next right thing. Give me the patience to discern what the next season could hold. Amen.\