What stirs within me while I pray?
What fear? what thirst? What can I say?
You know, O God, the heart’s desire,
The pliant will, to what I aspire.
Emotions, thoughts, and pleas pour out;
You know my every pain and doubt.
In Christ, make struggles glorify—
My deepest needs you supply.
Be near us, God of me and mine,
Show yourself as Lord sublime,
Protect, defend, and bless this day,
Uphold our hands upon your Way.
Heavenly Father, work in me to create a clean heart, pure thoughts, a sanctified life devoted to you.
Strengthen my will to make it conform to you, to help me choose always what is right and good, to be determined in the face of opposition.
Give me compassion toward my brothers and sisters in Christ. Broaden my love so that it includes all people. Let our doors be as wide as your arms to welcome others into the your house.
Make me into the image of Christ, with his truth at hand, his love always reaching out, his mission ever within the heart.
O Lord who enjoys giving to his creatures, we thank you for every gift received and for your faithfulness in providing for every need and making our cup overflow.
Give us your wisdom to live well upon the earth and to influence others for eternity, for you have instructed us to ask.
Give us your patience, that we might devote ourselves tirelessly to our task. Continue reading
Lord, give us peace of heart;
This earth is breaking apart.
Lord, give us a clear word
In a world where all is blurred.
Lord, give us truth to share,
To those who by falsehood swear. Continue reading
We ask why, we ask when,
We ask what might have been,
But seldom do we ask of you
What we must do. Continue reading
In spite of what befalls us,
We don’t forget the Lord,
We’re true to him who calls us,
Not false to his covenant word.
Our hearts have kept the faith,
Our feet strayed not from the path,
Though tossed on the sea as froth,
Though we have felt his wrath.
Rouse yourself from sleep,
O Lord, we sink in the dust;
Raise us up from the deep,
In you, our King, we trust.
God of heaven, when I feel down,
Remind me you, above, still reign,
I need no miracle, need no sign,
Only a thought of you again.
God of earth, when feet are tired,
When the aching back makes my eyes blurred,
When facing death, the heart is scared,
I’m heartened by what Jesus dared. Continue reading
O ageless God, before the times began,
Your Spirit hovered above the world of man.
How small are we! How great your upraised hand!
The highest mountains flee at your command,
The valleys hide, with tremors in the land. Continue reading
God of heaven and earth, you’ve given us a new day. Your mercies are renewed again and come to us afresh. We rejoice in your presence with us. Keep us aware that each step is taken under your eye. Continue reading
Make it happen, Lord, that I might breathe
The air of holiness, the scent of joy;
To freeze the fleeting hour, frustrate the thief
Of time by eternal acts that fill the void. Continue reading
Based upon an eighth-century prayer by Gelasian Sacramentary
Gracious God, whose gate of grace
And mercy always open stands
To those who seek your shining face,
Reward for keeping blessed commands: Continue reading