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Prayers for Daily Use

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Bedtime Prayers

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Guard Me Jesus through the night, and wake me with the morning light.
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
When in the morning light I wake, Help me the path of love to take.

Watch o'er a little child tonight,
Blest Savior from above,
And keep me till the morning light
Within Thine arms of love.

Morning Prayers

Grant, O Lord, that none may love Thee less this day because of me; that never a word or act of mine may turn one soul from Thee; and, ever daring, yet one more grace would I implore: that many souls this day, because of me may love Thee more. Amen.

Dear Lord, so far today I have done all right. I haven’t gossiped, haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or over-indulgent. I’m very thankful for that… however, in just a few minutes, I’m going to get out of bed. From then on, I’m going to need a lot more help. Amen.

Mealtime Prayers

Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything.

For food in a world where many walk in hunger
For friends in a world where many walk alone
For faith in a world where many walk in fear
We give you thanks, O Lord.

Loving God, we thank you for this food,
And for all your blessings to us. Lord Jesus, come and be our guest,
And take your place at this table. Holy Spirit, as this food feeds our bodies,
So we pray you would nourish our souls.

The Lord’s 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 debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory forever.

Prayer by Bishop Oscar Romero

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26 NIV

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