A prayer for those involved in warfare
We pray for all those who are in harm's way in the Middle East and Africa. Uphold them
with your love and give them the strength to go through the chaos of fighting they
must endure. Heal the hurt, console the bereaved and afflicted, protect the
innocent and helpless and deliver any who are in peril. Hear us, O God: Your
mercy is great.
A Prayer for our Country
Almighty God, we
are most blessed in that we live in a country where we can worship you as we
know how. May we always remember your generosity and be your faithful servants.
Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of
life. Make us who have come from many nations with many different languages a
united people. Guide our leaders that they may show compassion and wisdom in
their decisions that affect not only us but others throughout the world. We ask
this as your faithful servants and through our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Prayer for Pentecost
O Spirit of God, you are a like a fire, cleansing and
consuming; you are a still small voice, you are in and about us; you have formed
us into your people and built the church on earth.
Come to us as you did at that first Pentecost and move us to preach your gospel
of love. Where our vision is narrow, enlarge it, where we are wrong, set us
aright, when we are weary, restore our strength.
Be with us always. Amen.
A Prayer attributed to St. Francis
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is
hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord,
union; where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we 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.
peace and justice,
those who have lost their jobs,
schools and our children,
our Church and all who labor
in the Gospel,
those who are weak and suffering,
who have been diagnosed with a disease,
those who are
recovering from sickness,
those who have lost a loved one,
and for those who live alone.
Luther's Morning Prayer:
Gracious Jesus, our Lord and our God, at this hour you
bore our sins in your own body on the tree so that we, being dead to sin, might
live unto righteousness. Have mercy upon us now and at the hour of our death,
and grant to us, your servants, with all others who devoutly remember your
blessed Passion, a holy and peaceful life in this world and, through your grace,
eternal glory in the life to come; where, with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
you live and reign, God forever. Amen
Heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our
being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in
all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but remember
that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
We give thanks to you, heavenly Father, through Jesus
Christ your dear Son, that you have this day so graciously protected us. We beg
you to forgive us all our sins and the wrong which we have done. By your great
mercy defend us from all the perils and dangers of this night. Into your hands
we commend our bodies and souls, and all that is ours. Let your holy angels have
charge of us, that the wicked one have no power over us. Amen
Prayer Before Travel
Lord God our Father, you kept Abraham and Sarah in safety
throughout the days of their pilgrimage, you led the children of Israel through
the midst of the sea, and by a star you led the Wise Men to the infant Jesus.
Protect and guide us now in this time as we set out to travel, make our ways
safe and our homecomings joyful, and bring us at last to our heavenly home,
where you dwell in glory with your Son and the Holy Spirit, God forever.
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