Prayer samples

A Prayer at a time of International Uncertainty

Lord of the Nations,
who loves us faithfully in all our troubles,
we pray for our leaders:
In their struggles, give them wisdom;
In their ambitions, give them moderation;
In their fears, give them courage –
so that the affairs of this world
               may be peaceful,
that justice may reign
               and Your Kingdom be seen,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Archbishop Justin Welby

A prayer for spring

Springtime!
Your message of hope
to a world tiring of winter’s starkness,
longing for that first crocus
to push through snow’s icy blanket
and spread its leaves,
like arms outstretched,
to its creator.
Springtime!
Our yearly reminder, if we needed one,
that to a world that was dark and cold,
a world devoid of love’s sweet warmth,
you sent your Son
to break through sin’s icy blanket,
and, arms outstretched
on a cross,
he brought us
hope.
Thank you

A Morning Prayer

The night has passed
               and the day lies open before us;
as we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.

Amen.

From Celebrating Common Prayer

A PRAYER WHEN LIGHTING A CANDLE

God
I stand here with
Few words to express my longing heart,
Helpless thoughts to direct my confused mind,
No energy to turn desire into action.
And yet I can light this candle
So that its light can help me see you in the darkness,
And help me bring before you
My loves, my fears, my worries, my hopes
In one pooling of my desire,
And one flickering of your peace.
As I gaze into its reassuring flame
I see its single luminosity burning a million suns
Its rays of light reaching beyond the stars
And its silent message echoing throughout eternity
For it speaks of you, it is you
And I am me
Standing before your light,
With my longing, my confusion and my tiredness
Absorbed by your loving embrace,
In this light, in this peace, in this now which lasts for ever.
Amen.