Faith Meets World

Reflections on faith in a messed-up but beautiful world

Category: Prayers (Page 3 of 7)

Come to the table

I come to the table —

– knowing I am a sinful man
– knowing I am not for one moment worthy to eat or drink
– deeply aware that I cannot pull myself up by my bootstraps to make myself look deserving

— and yet, knowing that You have spread a table before in the presence of my enemies.

Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live.

— Isaiah 55:1-3

A prayer

Prayer hands

Lord Jesus Christ,

You who turned ordinary water into fine wine;
You who fed thousands from a few small loaves;
You who reached out to heal lepers;
You who caused demons to tremble and be gone;
You who came as the Light of the world;
You who called Lazarus forth from death;
You who, finally, rose triumphant from the grave;

Be my food and drink
Heal my broken heart
Cast out my fear
Shine Your light into my darkness
Rescue me from the cold hand of death
And let your everlasting life be my portion
Now and forever.


[ Image: final gather ]

A Sunday morning prayer

God, Creator,
for your glory shining forth in sky and sea,
in the changing light on the hills,
in the flight of birds,
in the plants of the field
for the gift of life in all its fullness,
we thank you.

Jesus, Redeemer,
for blessing children,
healing the sick,
raising up the lowly
suffering the brokenness of the world in your own body
that we might have fullness of life,
we thank you.

Holy Spirit, Comforter,
for breathing new hope and strength into our lives
breaking down barriers
drawing human beings together in love
resisting all that diminishes fullness of life,
we thank you.

Holy Trinity,
in all that we do and say and are,
may we always choose life,
for ourselves, and for our neighbours.

(Source: Christian Aid)

Arms of love

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honour of your Name. Amen.

— Bishop Charles Henry Brent

(Source: Bible Study Geek)

Emmanuel always

O God –
When the world grows dark
and the advance of evil appears unstoppable,
may we never lose our vision
of Emmanuel’s light.

When society seems uncaring
and indifference predominates,
may we never forget the warmth
of Emmanuel’s love.

When people cry out for justice
but self-interest prevails,
may we never lose the fire
of Emmanuel’s anger.

When we know we must speak out
but our tongue seems to shrivel,
may we draw boldness from the truth
of Emmanuel’s proclamations.

When those we must confront are powerful
and our hearts grow fearful,
may we take strength from the courage
of Emmanuel’s actions.

O God,
When the moment comes
and we must make our stand,

may it always be
at Emmanuel’s side.

(Source: Christian Aid)

The Kingdom of your dreaming

God of revelation and epiphany –

Through the words of the prophets
You have shown us the world
of your dreaming and longing:
A world built on justice,
overflowing with plenty,
and crowned with joy.

And through the coming of Emmanuel –
his living and loving,
his words and actions –
you have shown us
how such a world might be fashioned.

Help us to take, hold and grow into these understandings;
and, like Jesus,
may we always be ready
to live generously,
love expansively,
speak boldly
and act courageously,

that the Kingdom of your dreaming,
with its justice, abundance and joy,
may become the present reality
of all the peoples of this world.

(Source: Christian Aid)

A prayer in time of trouble

Grant me strength, Lord, in my weakness;
Succour me when my heart is heavy with despair.
Light my path and be my guide when my feet falter;
Lift up my head when my eyes are downcast.

Though snares be set at every turn;
Though my eyes fail and my hope waste away;
Though fear grip me in its icy jaws;
Yet will I praise You.

I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.

(The final section of this prayer is from Psalm 18:1-3.)

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