Prayers

Personal Prayers

FOR GOD"S CREATION
Lord God, open my eyes to the beauty of Your created world. You made all things to nourish my life and to fill me with wonder and joy. Open my mouth to praise and thank You for Your gifts.

FOR GOD'S LOVE
God our Father, Your Son welcomed all who came to Him, even the outcasts and despised. Give me a faith that dares to come to You, trusting only in Your love. Give me a love that accepts others, as I have been accepted by You.

FOR FAITH
O Holy Spirit, come to me with Your comforting Word, which alone can drive away my doubts. Direct me to my Savior, Jesus, that I may trust in Him with my whole heart.

FOR FORGIVENESS
Lord God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Forgive my open sins and my secret sins. Forgive the sins I know and the sins I do not know. Forgive the sins I did to please myself and the sins I did to please others. Forgive them all, gracious Lord, for Jesus' sake.

FOR PATIENCE
Lord Jesus, You promised to comfort those who mourn and to satisfy those who hunger. In time of trial remind me of Your cross, where You endured the curse of my sin. When I am weak, teach me to depend on You for strength. At Your own time, deliver me from suffering and distress.

FOR OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S WILL
Lord God, give me strength and willingness to say with Your Son, "Not my will but Your will be done." Make me cheerful and trusting to bear whatever You let happen to me. From Your hand I am willing to take the good and the bad, the joy and the sorrow. Keep me from sin, gracious Father, and comfort me with Your kind Word.

FOR THE FAMILY
Heavenly Father, thank You for my home and family, for love and gentleness, for laughter enjoyed and sorrows shared, for daily bread. Help me to be mindful of all Your gifts and to rejoice in Your goodness. May Your peace be with us and Your presence protect us.

FOR A MARRIED COUPLE
O God of tenderness and strength, bless our home and our love, our comings and our goings. Keep us from growing weary in doing good, and sustain us in the hour of trouble. Help us deal tenderly with each other, and knit our lives together in love for You and one another.

FOR ZEAL TO DO GOD'S WORK
To often I put my own concerns and priorities above Your will and work, O Lord. Rid me of my selfishenss, and fill me with the zeal to keep You first in my life.

FOR THE GOVERNMENT
Lord of all nations, I praise You for the blessings You have showered on my country. Guide and guard Your representatives in government as they care for the needs of all citizens. Give them wisdom to rule our society with honesty and justice, that we may have peace in our lives and opportunities to witness to Your love.

FOR PEACE AMONG NATIONS
O God, my Father in heaven, bless every effort to establish peace among the nations of the world. Give wisdom and strength to those who lead, guide those who make decisions, and transform the hearts of people everywhere to exalt peace above war, justice above gain, and honor above glory.

FOR LOVE OF OTHERS
Lord Jesus, teach me to love others as You have loved me. Help me be more patient and alert to the needs of others, and always ready to serve them with the gifts You have given me.
Lord God, hear me as I speak to You about those near and dear:
For all who travel: keep them safe.
For all who are sick: heal them and make them strong.
For all who are in pain: allow them to have relief.
For all who are discouraged: let someone bring them cheer.
For all who mourn losses: grant them understanding and recovery.
For all who feel their hopes have been dashed through death: be the strong
arm they need through Christ, who suffered death and rose again.
Dear Lord, let them know that nothing can separate them from Your love in Christ Jesus.

FOR THE POOR AND HUNGRY
Compassionate Savior, too often I forget how many in our world are homeless, poor, and hungry. In Your mercy relieve their suffering and pain. Remind me that when I help a person in need I am serving You.

IN TIME OF TROUBLE
O Lord, You promise that in all things You work for the good of those who love You. Help me see Your loving hand in this time of trouble. Save me from doubt, relieve my anguish, and lead me through these dark days with the light of Your presence.

FOR OTHERS IN TROUBLE
O Lord, be gracious and kind to all who are in trouble. Heal those who are sick, cheer those who are sad, and and give Your strength to those who are weary and weak. Do what is best for them according to Your gracious will, and keep them faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ.

WHEN THERE IS STRIFE
O Lord, it grieves me that anger, strife, and bitterness have become a part of my life. Forgive my sins and renew my spirit so that I will pardon others, correct the mistakes I have made, and be more cheerful toward those around me. Remind me through Your Word that Your Son's peace provides the needed hope and reason for healing and change.

WHEN SICK
Great Physician of body and soul, I have been struggling with sickness and pain. If it is Your will, let these days pass quickly. Guide the hands of those who care for me, and give me confidence in their skills. If I must continue to suffer, grant me the comfort of knowing that You will allow nothing to happen to me which is not for my eternal good.

FOR THE SICK
Almighty Father, giver of life and health, I pray for __________ and for all who are sick and suffering. Grant that in the midst of pain they may be comforted by Your presence and sustained by Your love. If it be Your gracious will, restore them to health.

ON RECOVERING FROM INJURY OR ILLNESS
Lord of my life, in the day of trouble, I called to You and You delivered me. Recieve my humble thanks. Bless those who prayed for me and those who served me in my time of illness. Enable me to use all my days in grateful praise and service.

FOR A LIFE OF SERVICE
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I 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 recieve, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Taken from Christian Worship A Lutheran Hymnal