Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

A prayer for renewal





Lord, renew me by Your Spirit as I offer these prayers to You:

May I keep the commandments of the Lord my God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. May I follow the Lord my God and fear Him; may I keep Your commandments, hear Your voice, serve You, and hold fast to You. (Deuteronomy 8:6; 13:4)

May I know God and serve Him with a whole heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every motive behind the thoughts. (1 Chronicles 28:9)

May I love the Lord my God and serve Him with all my heart and with all my soul. (Deuteronomy 11:13)

May I love my enemies, do good to those who hate me, bless those who curse me, and pray for those who mistreat me. Just as I want others to do to me, may I do to them in the same way. (Luke 6:27–28,31)


Taken from Kenneth Boa,. Handbook to Prayer: Praying Scripture back to God.  (1999) 



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God of the IMPOSSIBLE



So thankful that we serve a God of the IMPOSSIBLE! He is able to do MIRACLES and WONDERS. 

He is able to do what we can’t!

He gives STRENGTH and GUIDANCE. 
He brings PEACE and COMFORT. 

He is ALL that we need. 

Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE with our God…





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a prayer for hospitality towards others

Jesus of Nazareth,

You met unlikely people in unlikely places and joined yourself to them in friendship. May we be like you in this way, finding friends at crossroads and bus-stops, in question and crises, in kindness and curiosity. Because we, like you. need the company of others. 

Jesus of the table, 

You gathered unexpected people around hearths of hospitality. You stretched out your hand for grapes and bread, for wine and welcome. May we populate our tables with all kinds of people. Because at the table our hearts can be glad. 

Amen


(from Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community)

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help me to change



Dear Lord,

You know my struggles, my sufferings and trials.
Help me to change the way that I see these things.

Give me a new outlook.
Help me to live with a hopeful perspective.

When challenges come and life seems dark,
Bless me to overcome and help my eyes to see the light.

I give you thanks for using all things to make me like you.
To you be all glory and praise.

Amen.


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LIVING BY PRAYER



Oh God of the Open Ear, teach me to live by prayer as well as by providence, for myself, soul, body, children, family, church; Give me a heart frameable to thy will; so might I live in prayer, and honor thee, being kept from evil, known and unknown.  Help me to see the sin that accompanies all I do, and the good I can distil from everything.
Let me know that the work of prayer is to bring my will to thine, and without this it is folly to pray.

Father may this prayer of the Puritans, be my heartfelt prayer!  Bring my will into Yours!  Amen

The Valley of Vision
Puritan Prayers



A prayer as your embrace the silence of a noisy world






Dear God,
    Speak gently in my silence.
    When the loud outer noises of my surroundings
    and the loud inner noises of my fears
    keep pulling me away from you,
    help me to trust that you are still there
    even when I am unable to hear you.
    Give me ears to listen to your small, soft voice saying:
    “Come to me, you who are overburdened,
    and I will give you rest.…
    for I am gentle and humble of heart.”
    Let that loving voice be my guide.
    Amen.


Taken from Henri Nouwen,  With Open Hands. Second revised edition. (2006)


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a prayer for love and truth



Father,

Bless the works of our hands, our minds, our hearts, that they might bear fruit for your greater purposes.

May our life this day be rendered first as service to you.

Teach us, O God, to take into account your mercy, your sacrifice, your creation, your forgiveness, your redemption, and unshakeable love. 

Reminds us of the truths of your grace and forgiveness, giving us the hope to choose to embrace them again and again. 

Shape our thoughts by your truth, as you shape our hearts by your love. 

Illuminate our heart, our paths, our vision so that we may clear see your true and your love.

Amen

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
 
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
    you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light. (Psalm 36:5-9)




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a hopeful prayer



Father of all Hope,

We ask you for eyes that see a time when things are better.

We pray for perseverance as we travel this hard road.

We intercede for our sickness asking to be whole.

We give thanks that you bring beauty from ashes.

We praise you for your love and presence in our lives.

You are Lord and you work all together for our good.

In the name of Jesus we say amen.


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a prayer to develop empathy



Teach us Lord,

To take time to really hear what our family and friends are saying.

To see with our inner eyes and feel what others are feeling.

To enter into the suffering of others knowing you are with us.

To walk with the poor, the sick and the dying.

To love others the way that you love them.

Amen. And Amen.


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A prayer to find God in the midst of life's turmoil




THOUGHTS ON HOLY ISLAND

    Lord,

    There are times when I need to be an island,
    Set in an infinite sea
    Cut off from all that comes to me
    But surrounded still by thee.
    Times of quiet and peace
    When traffic and turmoil cease
    When I can be still and worship thee
    Lord of the land and sea.
    Full tide and ebb tide
    Let life rhythms flow
    Ebb tide, full tide
    How life’s beat must go.

    Lord,

    I must be part of the mainland,
    A causeway between me and others.
    There are times when I can only find thee
    In working with my brothers.
    Times of business and industry
    Freeing ourselves from captivity.
    It’s when we give a helping hand
    We meet you, Lord of sea and land.
    Ebb tide, full tide
    Let life rhythms flow
    Full tide, ebb tide
    How life’s beat must go.


Adam, David. 1985. The Edge of Glory: Prayers in the Celtic Tradition. London: SPCK Classics.



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A Prayer for Our Work




Richly bless the work before us, Father.

Shepherd us well 

lest we grow enamored of our own accomplishment or entrenched in old habit.

Instead let us listen for Your voice, 

our hearts ever open to the quiet call of Your Spirit in this endeavor.


You alone, O God,

by your gracious and life-giving Spirit 

have power to knit our imperfect hearts, our weaknesses, our strengths,

our stories, and our gifts, one to another.


Unite Your people and multiply our meager offerings, O Lord, that all might resound to Your glory.


May our acts of service and creation, 

frail and wanting as they are, 

be met and multiplied by the mysterious workings of Your Spirit ,

who weaves all things together toward a redemption.


May our love and our labors now echo your love and your labors, O Lord.


Let all that we do here, in our brief lives, in this brief moment to love for for your glory.


O Spirit of God,

now shape our hearts.

O Spirit of God,

now guide our hands.

O Spirit of God,
now build Your kingdom among us. 



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a prayer for compassion



Merciful Lord,

Help us to make other's well-being our goal.

Help us seek to be there for our friends and neighbors.

Help us to be empathetic to their pains, wounds, and sadness.

Teach us to rejoice when others succeed and are doing well.

Teach us to see you in the lives of others.

Teach us to be a blessing to all who we encounter.

In all things and at all times, make us your agents of compassion.

Amen.


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PRAYING SCRIPTURE



Dear Father God, may we put the Scripture into our daily lives.  Help us to rejoice aways, no matter what we are going through.  Like the Apostle Paul, rejoicing in all circumstances, even shipwreck!  Give us thankful hearts, remembering that we were once lost, but now are found, sinners lost and going to hell, and now saved my your mercy and grace and going to spend eternity with You.  We long to do your will, and it's your will that we rejoice, pray and give thanks!  Amen.