Category Archives: Prayers

A Christian Prayer for America

O Lord, You are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill Your covenant and keep Your promises of unfailing love to those who love You and obey Your commands. But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against You and scorned Your commands and regulations. We have refused to listen to the prophets, who spoke on Your authority to our leaders, to us and to our ancestors.

Lord, You are in the right; but as You see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us, past and present throughout this land. O Lord, we and our leaders are covered with shame because we have sinned against You. We have been disloyal to You. But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the Lord our God, for we have not followed the instructions He gave us through His servants the prophets Our whole nation has disobeyed Your instruction and turned away, refusing to listen to Your voice.

So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, are coming true. God is now pouring down these judgements because of our sin. Yet we still refuse to seek mercy from the Lord our God by turning from our sins and recognizing His truth. Therefore, the Lord prepares to bring disasters upon us. The Lord our God is right to do all of these things, for we do not obey Him. We have sinned and are full of wickedness.

In view of all Your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn Your furious anger away from Your nation of America. In all the nations can be heard the mocking of America and Your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors. “O our God, hear Your servant’s prayer! Listen as I beg You. For Your own sake, Lord, smile again on this nation. O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open Your eyes and see the despair of the few faithful that remain and have mercy upon us.  We make this plea, not because we deserve Your help, but because of Your great mercy.

O Lord, hear. O Lord, turn our hearts back to You. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For Your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for Your people and this nation. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer in the name of Jesus! Amen!
Adapted from: Daniel 9:4-19 (NLT)

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When a Relationship Breaks Down

I’ve tried everything, Lord Jesus.
I’ve tried reaching out. I’ve tried drawing back.
I’ve tried talking. I’ve tried silence.
I’ve cried, pleaded, yelled, and whispered.
I’ve prayed.
I can’t think of anything else to do.

So I give this relationship to you. I ask for nothing—no special favors, no divine interventions, no sudden revelations. I simply place the relationship in your hands.

And in giving it to you, I feel great relief. It is done. I have finally given up and accepted this ending. I know that from this moment on, my life will be different, and I accept this beginning as well.

Give me the strength to let all else go. Keep me from returning to my strivings to maintain this relationship. Remind me that I have given it to you.

Lead me to the higher ground, dear Jesus, where I can leave behind any bitterness, accusations, anger, sorrow, and pain. Fill me instead with your peace and the knowledge that you are with me.

Be in this space between the ending and the beginning. It is a scary place for me as I begin to work through my life without this relationship in it. Be between what was—the memories, the dreams, and the hopes—and what is to come.

Draw me closer to you in this time between the ending and the beginning. Let me see the place ahead not as a place to be feared but as a place you have prepared for me.

– Patricia Wilson
Quiet Spaces: Prayer Interludes for Women

Upperroom Books, 2002

Quero Apache Prayer

Looking behind I am filled with gratitude. Looking forward I am filled with vision. Looking upwards I am filled with strength. Looking within I discover peace.

Andrew Murray

“May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love and joy of God’s presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love.”

A Prayer for Guidance – Thomas Merton

Prayer for Job and Co-workers

“Thank you, God for my job.  Sometimes I get tired of the people at work:  the whiners and complainers,  the naysayers and backstabbers,  the bullies and cheats.  Then I remember the others:  the saints and soldiers,  the peacemakers and cheerleaders,  the listeners and uplifters.  And I am thankful.”  –  Patricia Wilson    

Vatican II Council Daily Opening Prayer

We stand before you, Holy Spirit, conscious of our sinfulness, but aware that we gather in your name.

Come to us, remain with us, and enlighten our hearts.

Give us light and strength to know your will, to make it our own, and to live it in our lives.

Guide us by your wisdom, support us by your power, for you are God, sharing the glory of Father and Son.

You desire justice for all; enable us to uphold the rights of others; do not allow us to be misled by ignorance or corrupted by fear or favor.

Unite us to yourself in the bond of love and keep us faithful to all that is true.

As we gather in your name, may we temper justice with love, so that all our discussions and reflections may be pleasing to you, and earn the reward promised to good and faithful servants.

We ask this of You who live and reign with the Father and the Son, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer of St. 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;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, 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;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen

Show me the suffering of the Most Miserable (A Prayer) – Cesar Chavez

Show me the suffering of the most miserable;
So I will know my people’s plight.
Free me to pray for others;
For you are present in every person.
Help me to take responsibility for my own life;
So that I can be free at last.
Give me honesty and patience;
So that I can work with other workers.
Bring forth song and celebration;
So that the Spirit will be alive among us,
Let the Spirit flourish and grow;
So that we will never tire of the struggle.
Let us remember those who have died for justice;
For they have given us life.
Help us to love even those who hate us;
So we can change the world.

A lenten prayer – William Arthur Ward

Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ indwelling in them.

Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of all life.

Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light.

Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify.

Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.

Fast from anger; feast on patience.

Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.

Fast from worry; feast on trust.

Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.

Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives.

Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer.

Fast from hostility; feast on nonviolence.

Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.

Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.

Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal truth.

Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.

Fast from facts that depress; feast on truths that uplift.

Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm.

Fast from suspicion; feast on truth.

Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.

Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence.

Gentle God, during this season of fasting and feasting, gift us with your presence so we can be a gift to others in carrying out your work.

Amen.