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Prayers of encouragement

   Prayers to give you hope and courage:

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John Wesley's Prayer

I am no longer my own but yours,
Put me to what you will
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for you or laid aside for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal
And now glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And this covenant now made on earth, let it be satisfied in heaven.

Amen

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   Prayers of Susanna, John and Charles Wesley

Lead Me

Preserve me from all those snares and temptations
which continually solicit me to offend Thee.
Guide me by Thy Holy Spirit in all those places
whither Thy Providence shall lead me this day,
and suffer not my communications with the world
to dissipate my thoughts,
to make me inadvertent to Thy presence
or luke warm in Thy service.
But let me always walk as in Thy sight,
and as one who knows this life
to be the seed-time of an eternal harvest.

Taken from "Hearts Aflame"
Michael McMullen 1995
Triangle Press

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      Christian Prayers

The Lords Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

Glory be to the Father

Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be
World without end.
Amen.

A Short Grace For Use Before Meals

O Lord, bless this food to our use,
and us to your service;
make us grateful for all your mercies,
and mindful of the needs of others.

Amen

Beginning The Day Right

O that we could begin this day
in devout meditations,
in joy unspeakable,
and in blessing and praising Thee,
who hast given us such good hope
and everlasting consolation.

Lift up our minds
above all these little things below,
which are apt to distract our thoughts;
and keep them above
till our hearts are fully bent
to seek Thee every day,
in the way wherein Jesus hath gone before us.

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   Prayers For Specific Needs

For The Mission of the Church

Gracious God,
you have called us to be the Church of Jesus Christ.
Keep us one in faith and service;
breaking bread together
and telling the good news to the world;
that all may believe you are love,
turn to your ways, and live to your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

For Those Who Are Unemployed

God of compassion,
we remember those who suffer want and anxiety
because they have no work.
Guide the people of this land to use our wealth
so that all may find fulfilling employment
and receive just payment for their labour;
through Jesus Christ our Lord

Amen  

For Those Who Are Disabled

God of compassion,
in Jesus Christ you cared for those who were blind or deaf,
crippled or slow to learn.
Though all of us need help,
give special care to those who are disabled,
particularly those we name in silence...
By our concern may they know the love you have for them,
and come to trust you;
through Jesus Christ who came to heal.

Amen

Uniting in Worship2
Uniting Church Press
Sydney 2005

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            Prayers of Martin Luther:  

Luther's Morning Prayer

My Heavenly Father,
I thank You, through Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son,
that You kept me safe from all evil and danger last night. Save me,
I pray, today as well, from every evil and sin,
so that all I do and the way that I live will please you.
I put myself in your care, body and soul and all that I have.
Let Your holy Angels be with me, so that the evil enemy will
not gain power over me.

Amen

Luther's Evening Prayer

My Heavenly Father,

I thank You, through Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son,
that You have protected me, by Your grace. Forgive, I pray, all my sins and the evil I have done.
Protect me, by Your grace, tonight.
I put myself in your care, body and soul and all that I have.
Let Your holy angels be with me, so that the evil enemy will not gain power over me.

Amen.

Luther’s Sacristy Prayer

Lord God,

You have appointed me as a pastor in Your Church,
but you see how unsuited I am to meet so great and difficult a task.
If I had lacked Your help, I would have ruined everything long ago.
Therefore, I call upon You: I wish to devote my mouth and my heart to you;
I shall teach the people. I myself will learn and ponder diligently upon You Word.
Use me as Your instrument -- but do not forsake me, for if ever I should be on my own, I would easily wreck it all.

Lord keep us steadfast in thy word

Lord, keep us steadfast in your word;
curb those who by deceit or sword
would wrest the kingdom from your Son
and bring to nothing all he's done.
Lord Jesus Christ, your power make known,
for you are Lord of lords alone;
defend your holy church, that we
may sing your praise eternally.
O Comforter of priceless worth,
grant one mind to your flock on earth
support us in our final strife,
and lead us out of death to life.

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   Australian Prayers

Great Thanksgiving

Lift up your hearts:
We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God:
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

For this lovely planet, earth;
for its beauty and fertility;
for the human family with its many races and faces;
and for Your utter faithfulness to us
in spite of our rebellion and sin:
In the name of the Son, most gracious Redeemer, we thank you.

For your renewing presence, creating the Church
and inspiring deeds of justice and love:
In the name of the Spirit, most Holy Comforter, we thank you.

With angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
for ever praising you and singing:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. 

Bruce D Prewer
Lutheran Publishing House
1983

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      Prayers For Children -- At meals, bedtime and anytime

A Child's Prayer for Morning

Now, before I run to play,
Let me not forget to pray
To God who kept me through the night
And waked me with the morning light.
Help me, Lord, to love thee more
Than I ever loved before,
In my work and in my play
Be thou with me through the day.

Amen.

God Hear My Prayer

God in heaven hear my prayer,
keep me in thy loving care.
Be my guide in all I do,
Bless all those who love me too.

Amen 

Angel Blessing at Bedtime

Angels bless and angels keep
Angels guard me while I sleep
Bless my heart and bless my home
Bless my spirit as I roam
Guide and guard me through the night
and wake me with the morning's light.

Amen

For Happy Hearts

We thank Thee Lord, for happy hearts,
For rain and sunny weather.
We thank Thee, Lord, for this our food,
And that we are together.

Children's Bedtime Prayer

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep:
May God guard me through the night
And wake me with the morning light.

Amen. 

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