Need Or Trial, Pain

Before An Operation

Gracious God, In this hour of anxiety I need your presence. As the operation draws near I need a staff on which to lean. To whom can I turn but you? I confess my weaknesses, sins, and shortcomings. Mercifully assure me of your forgiveness, In the work of Jesus Christ. I let go of any grudges, anger, or hatred. I…

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Ancient, Confession, Need Or Trial

Christ Of My Failures – St Augustine

Lord, I commit my failures as well as my successes into your hands, and I bring for your healing the people and the situations, the wrongs and the hurts of the past. Give me courage, strength and generosity to let go and move on, leaving the past behind me, and living the present to the full. Lead me always to…

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Dying & Loss, Need Or Trial

Find Me Lord – Ted Loder

Oh, Eternal One, it would be easier for me to pray if I were clear and of a single mind and a pure heart; if I could be done hiding from myself and from you, even in my prayers.   But, I am who I am, mixture of motives and excuses, blur of memories, quiver of hopes, knot of fear,…

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Ancient, Love, Need Or Trial

Shepherd Prayer – Gregory Of Nyssa

O Good Shepherd, Who carries the whole flock on your shoulders, Where are you pasturing your flock? Show me the place of peace, lead me to the good grass that will nourish me, call me by name so that I hear your voice, Answer me, For you are the One my soul loves. I call you ‘the One my soul…

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Dying & Loss, Need Or Trial

For Things Still Undone

Complete One, You know that sometimes I fret About what is left unfinished. Catch me when I fall backwards toward regret. Call my heart to this precious moment. Grace this very breath. Nothing I ever did was fully perfect, But Your grace makes all whole. So I trust that in You The incomplete is and will be Complete. – Matt…

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Biblical, Faith, Need Or Trial

Psalm 27 – A Prayer Of Hope

Psalm 27:7–14 Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Saviour.…

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Mystics, Need Or Trial, Short

O Eternal Lord – Hildegard Of Bingen

O eternal Lord, it is pleasing to you to burn in that same fire of love, like that from which our bodies are born, and from which you begot your Son in the first dawn before all of Creation. So consider this need which falls upon us, and relieve us of it for the sake of your Son, and lead…

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Lent & Cross, Need Or Trial, Orthodox

Protection Prayer – St Basil

Blessed are You, O Lord, Master Almighty, Who lights the day with the light of the sun illuminates the night with flashes of fire, Who calls us to pass through the length of the day and to draw near to the beginning of the night; hear our prayer and the prayer of all You people; and as you have forgiven all our sins hear…

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Dying & Loss, Need Or Trial

Prayer Of Release

Heavenly Father, I release to You the burdens that I have been carrying, burdens that You never intended for me to carry. I cast all my cares upon You—all my worries, all my fears. You have told me to not be anxious about anything, but rather to bring everything to You in prayer with thankfulness. Calm my restless spirit, quiet…

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Creation, Need Or Trial, Pain

During A Storm

Heavenly Father, Be with us in this storm. We see your greatness and our weakness. We see your almighty power over all. O Lord we are helpless and in need of protection. Abide with us, stay with us in this storm. Protect our home, our crops, and our people. We trust you Jesus, The One who stilled the wind and…

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Need Or Trial, Pain

The Storm Of Hopelessness

In the hopelessness of poverty, God of the poor, Aid me.   In the crush of defeat, God of the downtrodden, Lift me.   In the despair of loneliness, God of the forsaken, Comfort me.   In the grip of guilt, God of the defenceless, Free me.   In the anxiety of life, God of the troubled, Calm me and…

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Mystics, Need Or Trial

Soul Shepherd – Hildegard of Bingen

Shepherd of our souls, and First Voice of creation, now let there be… freedom. For we’re still wretched creatures, always weary, always weak, and only You can rescue us from the unhappiness we make.   – Hildegard of Bingen 1098-1179AD   (Doug)