Prayer Guide

Daily Themes for Prayer:

Sun: Pray for the joy of the resurrection among us; true and godly worship throughout the world, nd the faithful preaching and hearing of God’s Word.
Mon: Pray for faith to live in the promises of Holy Baptism; your calling and daily work; the unemployed; the salvation and well-being of our neighbors; for government and for peace.
Tue: Pray for deliverance against temptation; the addicted and despairing; the tortured and oppressed; and those struggling with besetting sins.
Wed: Pray for marriage and family; living together under the grace of Christ according to the Word of God; those adults who must rear their children alone; and godly schools, especially for St. Matthew, St. John, and Holy Ghost School.
Thu: Pray for the Church and her pastors; for missionaries; fruitful and salutary use of the Blessed Sacrament of the Lord’s Body and Blood.
Fri: Pray for the preaching of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ; its spread throughout the whole world and our community; for the persecuted.
Sat: Pray for faithfulness to the end; the revival of those who are withering in the faith or have fallen away; receptive hearts for worship and study on the Lord’s Day.

Our Father (The Lord’s Prayer)

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

LEX ORANDI – Some Classic Prayers of the Christian Church:

While prayers we formulate on our own are by all means to be encouraged, there is also in Christendom a rich store-house of  prayers that Christians from many generations and many places have found to be of enormous help in their own prayer-life.

The Small Catechism Morning Prayer
Make the sign of the holy cross: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Recite the Apostles’ Creed and the Our Father.

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Go to work joyfully singing a hymn.

The Small Catechism Evening Prayer
Make the sign of the holy cross: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Recite the Apostles’ Creed and the Our Father.

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend my self, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Then go to sleep at once and in good cheer.

The Jesus Prayer (which may be used repeatedly and at any time and in any place)
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.  Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive and it is in pardoning that we are pardoned and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Prayer of St. Ignatius Loyola
Teach me, good Lord, to serve You as You deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek to rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing I do Your will, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Prayer of St. Ephraem, the Syrian
O Lord and Master of my life, do not give me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather a spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Your servant.  Yes, Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother, for blessed are You unto ages of ages.

St Patrick’s Breastplate
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me; Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.  I bind unto myself the name, the strong name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, the Three-in-One and One-in-Three, of whom all nature has creation: Eternal father, Word and Spirit; Praise to the God of my salvation, salvation is of Christ the Lord.


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