Prayers

My GOD, I pray –
that Your love may rule in my heart,
Your truth in my mind,
Your peace in my soul.
Amen

In the Morning

This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.

In the Evening

O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in your mercy, grant us safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.

Before Sleep

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ, give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

For Strength and Confidence

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve __________ for whom I pray, andgive your power of healing to those who minister to ___ needs, that ___ may be strengthened in weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Recovery from Sickness

O God the strength of the weak and the comfort of all who suffer: Accept my prayers and grant to ________ the help of your power, that her weakness may be turned into strength, and our sorrow turned into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Personal Prayer

Almighty Father, all-loving, all-understanding, I come to You in prayer. I believe with my whole heart that all my needs are known to You, that You are present now. All my confidence is in Your power to help and to heal. I am so ignorant, so weak and fearful in myself, but there is light for my darkness, strength for my weakness, peace for my fearfulness in Christ. I offer to You all my love, all the strength I have in any way and in every way, and all my confidence in You. Here am I, use me; through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

A Benediction

Be at peace. Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;
rather look to them with full hope as they arise.
God, whose very own you are, will deliver you from out of them.
He has kept you hitherto, and he will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it, God will bury you in his arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
– St. Francis de Sales

For Those We Love

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that you are doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For One Who has Died

We seem to give him/her back to you, dear God, who gave him/her to us. Yet as you did not lose him/her in giving, so we have not lost him/her by his/her return to you. Not as the world gives, do you give, O Lover of Souls! What you give, you do not take away. For what is yours is ours always, if we are yours. For life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing but the limit of our sight. Lift us up, O God, that we may see further; cleanse our eyes that we may see more clearly; draw us closer to yourself that we may know ourselves nearer to _________ who is with you. And while you prepare a place for us, prepare us for that place, that where he/she is, and you are, we too may be; in your Holy Name we pray. Amen.

A Prayer for Those who serve in the Armed Forces

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad, as we also remember to you their families. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence and our fervent prayers wherever they may be; in your Holy Name we pray. Amen.

For Hopefulness

Give us, dear LORD, the spirit of hopefulness. Save us from cynicism and from jaundiced distrust of others and ourselves. Teach us to see in the difficulties of our common life and the challenges that we face not excuses for discouragement, but opportunities for hard work in the adventure of faith. Give us a sure faith in Your Love, in Your power to change human nature and in Your steady purpose for the world; and through that faith give us well-grounded hope for the future of humankind in this world and the next. Amen.

For Knowledge of God’s Will

We pray, O GOD, that we may come to see the greatness of Your power and wisdom and the vastness of Your purposes, and may recognize our own smallness and weakness; so may we be saved from the presumption of seeking to control the world and our lives according to our own puny ideas. But You have given us our lives to live, and have invited us to share in the doing of Your will. Help us to hear Your voice in worship and prayer, in the books that we read, in conversations with our friends, in the example of Jesus and His followers, and so to find and do Your will for us in the life which You have given us to live and with the powers which You have placed within us and among us. Amen.

For the Power to Pray

Teach us, O God, to pray – not to present our demands and suggestions — but yet to bring to You all our hopes and fears, our ambitions, our plans, our failures, our embarrassments, our doubts, our problems; and to talk to You in prayer, simply and naturally, as a child talks to a parent. Teach us that nothing which is on our mind or in our life, whether it is ugly or splendid, mean or generous, is foreign to our prayers, so long as we come to You fully resolved to further Your intention for the world and us, and not our own plans for putting the world right. Amen.

from Praying Together: Prayers and Litanies for General Use and for the Use of Schools, Clubs and Families
by Rupert Davies, M.A., B.D., 1952, Epworth Devotional Books, London