God of power,
may the boldness of your Spirit transform us,
may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us,
may the gifts of your Spirit
be our goal and our strength,
now and always. Amen.
(As printed in the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship)
Photograph Belfast City Hospital Church
“Dear Lord, help me – every single morning – to find faith in the midst of the chaos. Give me the desire and ability to see you, hear you, talk to you, and give thanks to you. And as I do, I pray that I will draw nearer and nearer to you, and that my faith will multiply exponentially as I understand in new, deeper ways that you are everything I ever hoped you would be, and so much more. Amen.”
Kelly O’Dell Stanley
(Prayers for a lifetime by Karl Rahner, Page 85)
Lord, see the spirits which trouble us all around, grant us the gift of discriminating between them. Give us the knowledge which will prove its value in our daily longing for You: the knowledge that if we seek for You and long for You, it will be Your spirit that will bring calm, peace and confidence, freedom and simple clarity, while all spirits of unrest and anxiety, perplexity and heavy depression will come from our own nature or be demons of darkness. Give us the Spirit of Your comfort. Lord, we know that even in days to You.
Come to me (Matthew 11:25-30) Page 1400
Jesus, help me to remember to come to you when I am feeling overwhelmed. You promise to take my heavy burdens and replace them with things that are much easier to carry. When I am tired and sad, remind me to come to you, the One who loves me, and let me rest in you. Amen