Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

Archive for January, 2012

A Prayer For Purpose

[Roy Lessin]
Father,
My purpose in seeking Christ is that He will be my reward.
My purpose in knowing Him is that He will reveal Himself to me, and me to me.
My purpose in following Him is that He will at all times be before me.
My purpose for enjoying Him is that He might become my dearest friend.
My purpose for praising Him is that He might delight in me.
My purpose for trusting Him is that He might provide my every need.
My purpose for lifting Him up is that all men may be drawn to Him.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen!
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Prayer Of Petition For Christian Graces

[Francis of Assisi]
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.  
Grant that I 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.  It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.

Prayer Of Hope

[By Thomas Merton]

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.  I do not see the road ahead of me.  I cannot know for certain where it will end.  Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.  But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.  And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.  I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.  And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.  Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.  I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and will never leave me to face my perils alone.

The Serenity Prayer

~Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

A Prayer of Praise and Petition

[Based on Psalm 90 and the work of John Ballie]

O LORD, through all the generations, You have been our home! Before the mountains were created, before you gave birth to the world, from everlasting to everlasting–You are God! You are not visible to our eyes and we cannot comprehend You with our minds. Your thoughts are infinitely higher than our thoughts and your ways are beyond our understanding. Yet…

  •  You have made us in Your image.
  •  You have breathed into us Your Spirit.
  •  You have given us life both physical and spiritual.
  •  You have given us the desire to know You.
  • You have inclined our hearts to love You.
  • You have put a thirst in our souls to know You.
  • You have made us restless until we rest in You.
  • You have given us a dissatisfaction with this world and a longing for the next.
  • You alone know what lies in me and beyond me.
  • Let me embark on no undertaking that displeases You.
  • Let me not shrink back from sacrifice nor be insensitive to the needs of others.
  • Let me take no step without Your direction.
  • Let me engage in no endeavor without Your blessing.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen!

David’s Prayer In Psalm 139

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Amen!

David’s Prayer in Psalm 19

Clear me O God of hidden faults. Keep back your servant from presumptuous sins, from having proud and insolent thoughts; do not let them have dominion over me. By your grace I shall be declared blameless and by your grace, I shall be proclaimed innocent of transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be acceptable to You, O LORD my rock and redeemer. Amen!

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