Archive for the ‘Prayer’ Category

Giving Jesus His Rightful Place
January 29, 2019

Thomas a Kempis was a German-Dutch clergyman who lived from 1380 to 1471 and wrote The Imitation of Christ, which is perhaps the most widely read Christian devotional book next to the Bible. It was first written in Latin.

What follows is a prayer from the book, a powerful statement of full devotion to Jesus Christ above all other things or experiences in life. I have taken the liberty of adding contemporary language.

“Grant me, O most loving Jesus, to rest in you above every created thing, above all health and beauty, above all glory and honor, above all power and dignity, above all knowledge and wisdom, above all riches and arts, above all joy and gladness, above all fame and praise, above all pleasure and comfort, above all hope and promise, above all deserving and desire, above all gifts and favors that you can give and pour out on us, above all happiness and rejoicing that the mind can receive and feel; finally, above all angels and archangels, above all heavenly beings, above all things visible and invisible, and above all that is not you, my God.”

Simplicity in Prayer
December 8, 2018

Meister Eckhart was a German theologian, philosopher and mystic who lived from 1260 to 1328.

His comment on prayer may be a bit overstated in order to stir our thinking, which it does for me. There are many ways to pray and many examples of meaningful prayers, but let us keep returning to simplicity.

Thanks to BrainyQuote for the art work above.

Prayer for the work we do
September 12, 2015

I came across a prayer about work, which I then edited it for greater clarity. I welcome any comments you may have.

Lord Jesus, as I enter this workplace, I bring your presence with me. I speak your peace, your grace and your perfect order into the atmosphere of this place. I acknowledge your lordship over all that will be spoken, thought, decided and accomplished within this place of work.

Lord Jesus, I thank you for the gifts you have given to me. I do not take them lightly but commit myself to using them responsibly and well. Give me a fresh supply of truth, patience and love on which to draw as I do my job.

Anoint me with creativity, ideas and energy. Help me to see that even my smallest task can bring you honor if I offer it to you. When I am weary, send fresh strength and power from your Holy Spirit.

Grant that the work I do and the way I do it will bring blessing and encouragement to all whom I contact today. And even in my most stressful moments, grant that I may rest in you.

In the name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen.


Opening Our Lives to God
October 19, 2011

Stephen Langton was born about 1150 and died in 1228. He was Archbishop of Canterbury and is credited with having divided the Bible into the modern arrangement of books and chapters still in use today.

Here is a prayer he wrote:

Come Holy Spirit,
send forth from on high
the radiance of Thy light.
Come, Thou Father of the poor,
come, dispenser of all good gifts,
come, Thou light of our hearts.
Supreme comforter,
beloved guest of our souls,
sweet coolness.
In labor, rest,
in heat, refreshment,
in tears, solace.
O most blessed light,
fill the inmost places
of the hearts of all They faithful.
Without Thy power,
there is nothing in man,
nothing is harmless.
Wash what is soiled,
water what is arid,
heal what is wounded.
Bend what is rigid,
warm what is cold,
rule what is wandering.
Give to Thy faithful,
hoping in Thee,
the holy seven-fold gift.
Give the reward of virtue,
give forth salvation,
give perennial joy.
Amen. Alluluja.

I commend this prayer to you as a way of opening yourself to all that God is and all he offers to do in us in this life and in the world to come.

About Life’s Difficulties
April 1, 2010

I found this prayer written by Tracy Macon Sumner to be wise perspective on life and troubles and God’s larger purposes – a thoroughly Christian view of life.

Father, help me to see the difficulties in my life not as just chance circumstances but as the instruments in your hand used to mold and shape me into a stronger, more complete believer. Help me to see them not just as your disciplines, though sometimes they are, but as things you have allowed into my life to help give me more strength, more faith, more love, more compassion. In short, Father, use everything that comes my way to draw me closer to yourself and to make me more and more like your Son, my Savior Jesus Christ.

Holy Week 2009
April 9, 2009

A prayer for Holy Week:

Lord Jesus Christ, you lived among us and tasted all of life, its joys and sorrows. You entered into suffering as none of us has ever entered or could enter. We stand in awe of your suffering and agony. You died for sins once for all, the rightous for the unrighteous, to bring us back to God. All glory and praise to you. Amen.

January 28, 2009

My life with God is enriched by prayers that Christians have written through the centuries. Here are a few of these prayers. They call us beyond the shallow dabbling in religion that serves primarily to ensure our own safety and prosperity, to a deep union with God and wholehearted consecration to his purposes.

Prayer of Saint Benedict
January 14, 2009

In our team meeting today we prayed together this prayer of Saint Beneidct, which I had found at Westminster Abbey yesterday, at the area where you can light a candle as a symbol of your prayers to God.

O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate on you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Bigger Picture
November 26, 2008

Sometimes we get discouraged when we see how huge is the task of doing the work of the kingdom of God and how small our efforts are. The remedy for such discouragement is to look clearly at God’s larger purposes and see oursleves in light of those purposes.

This is what is expressed the statement that follows.


Loving God
September 29, 2008

When we love and obey God, many blessings flow into our lives. But a true devotion to God does not love God simply for the gifts he gives. We love God just because he is God and deserves our worship.

This fundamental truth is expressed unambiguously in this anonymous poem, or hymn, from 17th Century Latin.

My Eternal King

My God, I love you
Not because I hope for Heaven thereby
Nor yet because those who love you not
Must die etrnally.
Jesus, you did for me upon the cross embrace
Nails and spear and manifold disgrace.
Why, then, why, O blessed Jesus Christ,
Should I not love you well?
Not for the hope of winning Heaven
Or of escaping hell,
Not with the hope of gaining anything,
Not seeking a reward;
But as you yourself have loved me,
O ever-living Lord!
Even so I love you, and will love,
And in your praise will sing,
Solely because you are my God
And my eternal King.