To Help You as You Pray
Let the peace of this place surround you as you sit or kneel quietly.
Let the hurry and worry of your life fall away from you.
You are God’s child. He loves you and cares for you.
He is with you now – and always,
Speak to him slowly and thoughtfully.
Give yourself time for him to bring things to mind.
Lord, I thank you……
For your presence here,
for this opportunity to pray,
for the promise of inner peace,
for the beauty of the world,
for the kindness of people……,
for all those whom I love…….,
for your love for the whole
Help me to show my gratitude in my actions towards others as well as in my words.
Lord, I am sorry……
For the times when I have been nasty or unkind, especially to ……
when I have thought or acted selfishly,
failed to forgive others or ask for forgiveness,
forgotten your presence, and taken your love for granted.
I thank you for your promise to forgive all those who turn back to you in sorrow for their sins.
Lord, I am troubled……
I am worried and concerned for myself because……, for others, particularly about…….
Help me to trust in your love, for you carry all my sorrows.
Teach me to act and speak in the way that you want,
Give me courage to change the things that I can change;
the serenity to accept those I cannot change;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Calm my fears, for all things are in your hands.
Lord, I pray for……
my neighbours at home, at work, the ones I like….., and dislike……,
for those who are ill…….,
for the oppressed,
for those involved in disaster or war.
Bless them, Father, in their various troubles, and show me how I can help.
Lord I give myself to you ……
Lord Jesus, you gave up yourself for me upon the Cross.
Now help me to give myself to you:
all that I have, all that I am, all that I hope to be.
Give me in return your forgiveness, your love, your courage and send me out in your name and in your service.
Lord in your mercy;
Hear my prayer.