Your wisdom first Lord, My soul always be serving you in the way You will and not as I choose. Let me die to myself so that I may serve you; let me live to you who are life itself. – St Teresa of Avila 1515-1582AD
Lord, take my lips and speak through them, take my mind and think through it, take my heart and set it on fire for love of you. In Christ. Amen.
Lord, Forgive me for my pride and my need to control, Forgive me for my fear and my desire to please at any cost. Forgive me Lord, for my lack of listening and for holding on too tightly. Thank you Lord, for the miracle you work despite the obstacles I put in your way, for I am but dust in…
You have given so much to me, Give one thing more; A grateful heart! – George Herbert 1593-1633AD
Holy Spirit, I know you prefer before any other temple or building, To live in an upright heart. Teach and instruct me, For you were there in the beginning, Over the abyss before the earth was formed. Holy Spirit of Christ, Live in me, your wisdom in me, do your work in me. Amen. – Adapted from a poem…
God of all goodness, By the hell and victory of the cross, embolden us to come to you, with our loud cries for tears to receive mercy and help in time of need. – Joy Tetley. England. – As at Pg 52, “Prayers Encircling The World” Westminster John Knox Press
Heavenly Father, you have promised to hear what we ask in the name of your Son: Accept and fulfil our petitions, we pray, not as we ask in our ignorance, nor as we deserve in our sinfulness, but as you know and love us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – The Book of Common Prayer
Lord God, give me victory over myself, that nothing may imprison my life. Be the guiding light of my heart, lift me up from the dark depths. May my sou be caught up in your wisdom, Fight its way upwards in fiery flight. For you alone understand me, and only you can give me the power to keep going. – This prayer…
I am so completely caught up in me – Lord, may I catch a glimpse, a breath, an idea… of You. Amen. – Doug.
Be with us as we: learn to see one another with new eyes, hear one another with new hearts, and treat one another in a new way. – Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland – Collected by Doug.
Forgiving God, when we notice how many things are still undone, and begin to regret, Restore our hearts. Forgive our mistakes. Bind up wounds of past mistakes. Transform our guilt into love and by your grace make us whole. In the name of Christ. Amen.