Friday, February 27, 2015

Prayer 767

Almighty God, whose Love came down to us in the gift of your Son to lead us to truth, we bow before You in prayer. Send your Spirit of Peace and Wisdom to pull back that which veils our hearts, that we may stand before You in thankfulness. We have been marked as your own, O God: may we lift up our voices in unceasing praise. Hold us fast within your safekeeping, O Rock of Salvation, and guide us into holy fellowship as your children. Bless us and preserve us, O God, and give ear to the prayers of those we now name.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Prayer 766

In peace, we pray to You, O Lord Most High: Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. Holy One, may your love shine from each page in the book of our lives today. Bring us into deeper understanding of your steadfast love for us, that we may anchor ourselves in your truth. Be our companion and protector upon the way of love that we gladly tread for the glory of your Name. Draw us into your merciful embrace, O God, that we may accept the gift of your grace with humility and awe for all our blessings. Give us strength to carry us through our trials and sorrows, O Comforter, for our hearts find their home in You. Grant your benediction and protection to those we now name, Precious Lord, especially those we now name.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Prayer 765

Lord Christ, you were born into the world to lift up and save us in our weakness: we raise our hearts to you in thanks and praise. 

May we seek to make ourselves holy in all we do today. 
May we place our intentions upon the altar of blessing, that all we do may be good and pleasing in your sight. 
May we seek to mend the spirits of those whose hearts have been battered and bruised by trouble or hurt. 
May we seek to love others rather than use them, rejoicing in the presence of Christ within each other. 
May we allow ourselves to be wholly yours, that we may reflect into the world your peace and justice. 

May our prayers ascend to You like the scent of jasmine on a warm southern breeze. Spread over us the cloak of your mercy, and place your hand of blessing upon those we now name.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Prayer 764

Most Merciful God, we place ourselves before You and your throne, thankful for your care through the night watches. One day has told its tale to another, and we arise ready to bear your banner into the world. 

Drive far from us all sinful desires and purify our intentions, O Holy One, that we may live out our love for You anew. May our words and deeds testify to your glory, grace, and mercy: use our hands to do your will in the world. Strengthen us and uplift us, that we are made a holy people, unified by our love for You and each other. 

Spread your love like a healing balm over those whom we now name, and bless them as we remember them throughout the day.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Prayer 763

Merciful Lord, we come before your throne, seeking to do your will. Hold us fast within your saving hand, and heal us of all that divides us from You. 

Forgive us, Holy One, for the times we have viewed those around us as means rather than ends. Forgive us, O Redeemer, for the times we have answered love with suspicion, jealousy, or faithlessness. 

Break open our hearts that they may bloom into hope and encourage others to live into faith and fulfillment in You. Strengthen us do the work of justice and peace as true disciples in the hope of building your kingdom. Give us the trust of little children, that we may grow in faith and love. Place our feet upon the holy mountain of your truth, that we may stretch toward the sun of your righteousness. 

Make us instruments of healing and wholeness unto the world under the banner of your grace and mercy. In your compassion, seal us and mark us as your own, and bring your blessing to rest upon those we now name.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Prayer 762

Lord, God, we raise our thanks to heaven as we enter your sanctuary in answer to your call of love and hope. 

We repent of the time we have failed to follow your commandments, of the times we have failed others and ourselves. 

In your tender mercy, we ask that you receive our remorse for all our sins, and dedicate ourselves to the path of life in You. Blessed Jesus, lead us out of our stumbling in the darkness by the light of your truth. 

May we be reflections of your light, Lord Christ. May the overflowing of your love in us inspire us to works of kindness and mercy in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Accept the offered prayers of your people, O Holy One, and pour the oil of your blessing over those we now name.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Prayer 761

A window at Trinity Episcopal Church, Tulsa.

Come, let us bless the Lord, who forgives all our sins, and is with us in joy and in sorrow. 

Almighty One, spread the wings of your mercy over us, and gather us into your embrace, for we are lost without You. Soothe our fevered brows, and place your cooling touch upon us, for we find our rest and peace in You. Lift the yoke of uncertainty and fear from us, and bathe us with the light of your wisdom. 

Surround us in the love of the company of all those who love us, to bear us up when we falter. May we breathe out our prayers, and breathe in your strength and courage, for You are with us always. Lead us into the cool valley of your peace, and make us glad to be at play in the fields of the Lord. Holy One, we lift up the names of these, beloved or God, and ask for your blessing.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Prayer 760

Most Holy God, envelop us in your love and grace today. May we bend the knee of our hearts, minds, souls, and bodies, to live in joyful obedience to your will. Make us bold to step out upon the path of love that you have set before us, for the way of hope is the way of blessing. 

Give us the courage to dare to work for your kingdom, proclaim our love for You to all. 
Give us the hope to reimagine our lives with You and each other, holding fast to your testaments. 
Give us faith to see that your ways are sure and beautiful, and work to open the closed fists of our hearts. 
Give us strength to reach out to those in need, loving our brothers and sisters as ourselves. 
Give your light to those who are lost, O Holy One, and give your peace to those who are troubled. 

For You are the God of Compassion, and we want to be your people, your beacons, and your witnesses. We ask that You gather within your embrace those we now name.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Prayer 759- Prayer of Penitence

Let us be still before the Lord, waiting patiently for the light of God. 

Holy One, we humbly pray for forgiveness for our sins, for our impatience and grudges, our refusal to trust in your mercy. 
We pray for our failures, of You and of each other, that we may turn back from our stubborn hardness of heart. 
We have sought preferment over community, & offered our backs rather than our hand to those in need: forgive us, Lord. 
We have scattered the children's food to the dogs of war and strife: may we repent of our folly. 

Merciful God, rend open our hearts that they may shine forth with your love. Take us by the hand and lead us into living your truth in our lives, Holy One, that we may be witnesses to your shalom. Rest your hand of blessing over those suffering in body, mind, or spirit, and give your angels charge over those we now name.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Prayer 758- Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, 2015.

Most Holy God, we humbly come before You, seeking pardon and reconciliation from You and all whom we have wronged. Mark us as your own today, O God, we pray, that we may remember our covenant of devotion with You and each other. 

We open our hearts to You: refine and purify us, that we may be filled with compassion and humility. We open our minds to You: refine and purify us, that we may be filled with your wisdom and truth. We open our souls to You: refine and purify us, that your Spirit may live within us always and guide us to new life and hope. 

May we focus all our efforts on building your kingdom and living out your Word, Almighty Ruler. Hear the prayers, thanksgivings, and supplications of your people, Gracious One.