Prayer samples

A Prayer of Life

O living God,
draw all the fragments of my life
into the bright mosaic of your love;
weave all the tangled threads of my desires
into the tapestry you are spreading,
like a rainbow, on the loom of the world;
and help me celebrate the many facets
and the dazzling colours of your peace.

Julie M. Hulme

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

Night Prayer

Lighten our darkness,
Lord, we pray;
and in your mercy defend us
from all perils and dangers of this night;
for the love of your only Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

From the Alternative Service Book

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 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.