as thou deservest;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labor and not to ask for any
save that of knowing we do thy will.
Lord, you said that when two or three
would gather together in your name,
then you would be present with them.
I am praying by myself (or ‘on the Internet’)
but I am uniting myself
with many individual Christians
throughout the world
who, though separate,
are gathered together in another sense
to pray to you,
and I trust that you are with me now.
When the thought of you wakens in us
God our heavenly Father,
when the thought of you
wakes in our hearts,
let its awakening
not be like a startled bird
that flies about in fear.
Instead, let it be like a child
waking from sleep
with a heavenly smile. (Søren Kierkegaard)
Christ our Morning Star
O Christ, our Morning Star,
Splendour of Light Eternal,
shining with the glory of the rainbow,
come and waken us
from the greyness of our apathy,
and renew in us your gift of hope. Amen.
(Bede the Venerable)
Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created
And you shall renew the face of the earth.
O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful
by the light of the Holy Spirit,
grant that by the gift of the same Spirit
we may be always truly wise
and ever rejoice in his consolation.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
At the rising of your sun
Lord God, Creator of light,
at the rising of your sun each morning,
let the greatest of all lights-your love-
rise, like the sun, within my heart.
Prayer of St Columba
Be, Lord Jesus, a bright flame before me,
a guiding star above me,
a smooth path below me,
a kindly shepherd behind me:
today, tonight, and forever.
I will be busy
you know how busy
I must be this day.
If I forget you,
do not forget me.
(Sir Jacob Astley, before the
Battle of Edgehill, 1642)
Prayer of a Breton fisherman
Lord, the sea is so wide
and my boat is so small.
Be with me.
Close to me
Lord, you are closer to me
than my own breathing,
nearer than my hands and feet.
(St Teresa of Avila)
The Grail Prayer
I give you my hands to do your work.
I give you my feet to go your way.
I give you my eyes to see as you do.
I give you my tongue to speak your words.
I give you my mind that you may think in me.
I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.
I give you my heart that you may love in me
your Father and all mankind.
I give you my whole self that you may
grow in me,
so that it is you, Lord Jesus,
who live and work and pray in me.
Praying the offering of self
you told your friends
not to worry about the future.
You showed them
how to have the attitude of simple trust
that young children have,
so that they could place themselves
into the caring hands of your Father.
And so I ask for the power of your Spirit
that I may remain positive
throughout all that is ordinary in
my daily life.
I know that your touch
can change people and situations,
and so I ask you
to join me in offering to our Father
not only the good things of this day
but also the suffering and sacrifices
that I want to offer cheerfully and lovingly,
and in a quiet and hidden way.
And so may any difficulties
and frustration and pain of this day
be transformed in your presence
for the benefit of other people. Amen.
|Praise the Lord, O my soul
All that is within me, Praise his holy name
He forgives all my sins
He redeems my life from the pit
And crowns me with love and compassion
He satisfies my desires with good things
So that my youth is renewed like the
|Prayers, Song Prayers, Devotionals
|St. Francis of Assisi with Sultan Al-Kamil
|A Book by Philip Yancey
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly
Yancey strikes a moving chord with this
book that is more full of yearning and
wonder than it is of easy answers. Prayer,
he writes, is our partnership with God,
our chance to join forces with God's power
to confront suffering and evil head-on.
Yancey is candid about his nagging sense
of failure in prayer, but the book is
suffused with a cautious hope; he writes
of his growing confidence and joy as
his prayer life has deepened from a
spiritualized to-do list to a
conversational communion with
The key, Yancey writes, is that prayer is
a window into knowing the mind of God,
whose kingdom is entrusted to all of us
frail, selfish people on earth.
As with his other books, Yancey draws
upon his international travels to bring a
fresh perspective to the topic, detailing, in
nations such as Romania and South
Africa, how he believes prayer has
transformed hearts and permitted
The book's strength lies in its balance,
with Yancey holding equally important
ideals in a beautiful tension: action and
meditation, doubt and certainty, and the
unchanging God with the God who
appears so moved by people's petitions in
the Bible that he changes his mind.
Yancey also offers some ... insightful
observations about Jesus' own prayer life.
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WEATHERING THE STORM
Father God, Today I am afraid. I
look around me at this world that
is changing so fast and I feel lost
like a small boat in the midst of a
storm. I am not built to weather
the battering waves or the
howling wind. So I wait now in
your presence. You spoke the
oceans and the four winds into
being. You threw the stars in the
sky and separated the sea from
dry land. You took the hand of
Peter who was sinking into the
depths of the water and walked
him to safety. I choose now to fix
my eyes on you and not on the
storm. I settle my heart on your
love and not on the current that
threatens to pull me under.
Thank you that you are my firm
anchor even through the darkest
--by Sheila Walsh, author of
|The Creation of Prayer
the left is Nicholas James
Vujicic (born 4 December
1982), a preacher, a
motivational speaker, and
the Director of the
nonprofit Life Without
Limbs.. He was born with
which is found in only a
few families worldwide.
Besides the absence of all
four limbs, the syndrome
usually involves other
severe medical problems,
and most affected children
die shortly after birth.
Vujicic is thus unusual in
having not only survived
but apparently thrived....
to realize that we are one. We may walk our own paths, but we are not alone,
for we walk at the same time, toward the same end/beginning. From our
individual perspectives, be we Pagan, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddist, Taoist,
or Hindu, are the same. I pray that we all feel the love of our Creator and by
example learn to see each other as brothers and sisters, allowing the boundary
lines of religion to fade away. May the Lord and Lady bless your path. May you
always have enough, and may you give enough in return. Blessed Be. —
Beliefnet member Fae Aisling