9/4 – Micah 1-3,6 – Which of Micah’s pillars – justice, kindness, and humility – challenges me now? Prayer starter: God of justice, you demand that those who love you serve their neighbor most in need. Bend my will toward your justice.
9/5 – Micah 4,5 – How does your leadership set the tone in your circles? Prayer starter: Merciful God, you sent your son Jesus to be our Prince of Peace. Help us to be faithful messengers of the peace the world cannot give.
9/6 – Micah 7 – Do I spend more time in an attitude of criticism or one of hope? Prayer starter: You know well, Lord, that we need prophets to shout and jolt us out of our complacency in the face of the world’s injustice. But please continue to send us prophets of hope too.
9/7 – Zephaniah 1 – Are there aspects of the world situation that I would like to see swept away? Prayer starter: God of power and might, we know that you can do with the world as you see fit. How good it is that rather than destroy, you desire to save it and us.
9/8 – Zephaniah 2 – Have I ever seen a biblical-looking “day of the animals” on the evening news? Prayer starter: Creator of all, you made humanity to be the gracious stewards of the rest of creation. Forgive us when we fail to rise to the task you set for us.
9/9 – Zephaniah 3 – Is a smaller, faithful community better than a larger, careless one? Prayer starter: Nothing is too small to gain your attention and care, God of sparrows and stray hairs. Watch over each of us in our littleness, for we need your protection.
9/10 – Nahum 1 and Nahum 2:1-2 – Have you ever rejoiced when a person you judged as bad got what was coming? Prayer starter: Just and merciful God, you alone have the right to pass judgement over the life of a human being. Vengeance is yours and yours alone.