Lent & Cross, Longing, Poets

Batter My Heart – John Donne

Lord God, Batter my heart, Knock, breathe, shine in me, mend me. So that I might have victory, Overthrow me, break me, blow, burn in me, And make me new. Amen.   – John Donne 1573–1631AD.  English poet and pastor.

Longing, Poets

Time – Michel Quoist

All complain that they haven’t enough time.They look at their lives from too human a point of view.There is always time to do what God wants us to do,but we must put ourselves completely into each moment offered now.I went out, Lord. People were coming and going, walking and running. Everything was rushing; cars, trucks, the street, the whole town.Rushing…

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Christmas, Longing

Jesu Joy

Well for me that I have Jesus, O how strong I hold to Him That He might refresh my heart when so sick and sad am I. Jesus have I, He who loves me, He who takes me as His own! Ah, therefore I don’t leave Jesus, Lest I should break my heart. A Celtic translation of ‘Jesu Joy Of…

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Longing, Short

Waiting For you

Lord Jesus, many of us are waiting for you:    the war-torn are waiting for peace,   the hungry are waiting for bread.    the refugees are waiting for a homeland,     the sick are waiting for healers. Have you forgotten us? O Lord, come quickly, we pray. Amen. A modern prayer from Sudan

Advent, Christmas, Longing, Prayer Of Church

Lord of Light & Darkness

Jesus, Lord of light and darkness, Find us in the darkness, Find us in the light. Jesus, Lord of work and stillness, Make our work of worth, Make our stillness yours. Jesus, Lord of our past and future, Cover our anxiety with love, Cover our hopes with grace. Jesus, Lord of everything, Fill those who have nothing, Fill us with…

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Longing, Morning

We Are Waking – Jamberoo Abbey

We are waking, God. We are waking. And we pray That we may know you As manna in the desert, Wellsprings in the wilderness, Honey from the Rock, O God our habitation, And our way. Amen. – Jan Richardson, Jamberoo Abbey. – Jamberoo Abbey is a Benedictine prayer retreat centre. – Find out more at jamberooabbey.org.au – Submitted by Doug.

Ancient, Longing, Praise

Nothing But You – St Augustine

Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know You, And desire nothing but You. Let me forget myself and love You. Let me do everything for the sake of You. Let me humble myself and exalt You. Let me think nothing except You. Let me die to myself and live in You. Let me accept whatever happens as from You.…

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Longing, Peace

Apollo 8 Peace Prayer

Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure.  Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.  Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts.  And show us what each one of us can do to set forward…

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Children, Longing

My Shining Heart

Lord Jesus, You are my friend, Thank you that you have faith in me! Your grace is holding me. You are my mountain, My glorious light, My shining heart! I was covered in sin, But you broke the chains! I rise in your Greater love and grace. Send your angels to surround me, May I entertain angels unaware. You have…

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Longing, Mystics, Short

Circle Prayer

Jesus – send your angels to encircle us! Keep protection near, And danger far.   Jesus – encircle us! Keep hope within, And doubt without.   Jesus – encircle us! Keep light near, And darkness far.   Jesus – encircle us! Keep peace with in, Drive evil out.   – Rick Zweck – Often used with the Labyrinth

Forgiveness, Longing

Repentance & Openness – Bob Hostetler

Lord God, my faithful Lover, you have been so good to me, in spite of all my neglect and thoughtlessness. From my earliest moments of moral awareness, I have chosen my own way instead of yours. Over and over again in my life, I have wrestled the sovereign’s crown from your head and tried to place it on mine. Too…

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Holy Spirit & Pentecost, Longing

Prayer To The Holy Spirit – Alphonsus Liguori

  Most Holy Spirit, My helper, Lover of the poor, Comforter of the afflicted, Light of hearts, Sanctifier of souls; Here I am in your presence. I adore you with deepest awe, I bless you a thousand times, and with the angels I also say: “Holy, holy, holy.” I believe you are eternal, One with the Father and the Divine Son. I hope in…

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