Devotional

A small collection of prayers, also available in church.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praise to your name, O Most High:
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness at night.
For you have made me glad, O Lord, in all you have done,
and I sing for joy at the work of your hands.
from Psalm 92

When I consider the heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,
what are mortals, that you should be mindful of them?
Mere human beings that you should seek them out?
Yet you have made them little lower than the angels;
you adorn them with glory and honour.
from Psalm 8

O Lord,
Open my eyes to your presence,
Open my mind to your grace,
Open my lips to your praise,
Open my heart to your love
And open my life to your healing.
David Adam

Creator God,
You are the potter,
I am the clay,
I am the work of your hands.
I am the clay.
You are the potter.
Shape me in your plans.
Anon

In the depths of my being
I become quiet and still;
I wait for you, my God,
source of my salvation
Jim Cotter

I need your healing, merciful God;
give me true repentance.
Some sins are plain to me;
some escape me, some I cannot face.
Forgive me;
set me free to hear your word to me;
set me free to serve you.
from A New Zealand Prayer Book

Lord of my darkest place:
let in your light.
Lord of my greatest fear:
let in your peace.
Lord of my most bitter shame:
let in your word of grace.
Lord of my oldest grudge:
let in your forgiveness.
Lord of my deepest anger;
let it out.
Lord of my loneliest moment:
let in your presence.
Lord of my truest self, my all;
let in your wholeness.
Alison Pepper

Christ our Light,
like Thomas I want to see,
need to touch,
need to be sure before I believe.
When I don’t know, help me to trust;
when I can’t see, help me to keep on walking.
from A New Zealand Prayer Book

You have shown me, Lord, what is good.
Enable me, I pray,
to act justly,
to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with you, my God.
from Micah, 6

O God, bless we pray, the work of peacemakers
and those who stretch out helping hands,
to bring healing to our troubled world;
soften the hardness of our hearts, turn swords into ploughshares,
and let the lion lie down with the lamb.
May we dedicate ourselves to live together
in a bond of peace and a unity of love.
Amen
Anon