Prayer for Friday

The L-RD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The L-RD is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.

One thing I have desired of the L-RD,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the L-RD
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the L-RD,
And to inquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the L-RD.

Hear, O L-RD, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, L-RD, I will seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.
When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the L-RD will take care of me.

Teach me Your way, O L-RD,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the L-RD
In the land of the living.

Wait on the L-RD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the L-RD!
(Psalm 27 [NKJV])

Today’s Affirmation:

“I visualize the achievement of my goals daily.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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Prayer for Thursday (Rosh Hashanah)

Amidah for Rosh Hashana
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. (Psalm 51:15)

Avot
Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d and G‑d of our fathers, G‑d of Abraham, G‑d of Isaac and G‑d of Jacob, the great, mighty and awesome G‑d, exalted G‑d, who bestows bountiful kindness, who creates all things, who remembers the piety of the Patriarchs, and who, in love, brings a redeemer to their children’s children, for the sake of His Name. O King, You are a helper, a savior and a shield. Blessed are You
L-rd, Shield of Abraham.

Gevurot
You are mighty forever, my L-rd; You resurrect the dead; You are powerful to save. He sustains the living with loving kindness, resurrects the dead with great mercy, supports the falling, heals the sick, releases the bound, and fulfills His trust to those who sleep in the dust. Who is like You, mighty One! And who can be compared to You, King, who brings death and restores life, and causes deliverance to spring forth! You are trustworthy to revive the dead. Blessed are You L-rd, who revives the dead.

Kedushat HaShem
You are holy and Your Name is holy, and holy beings praise You daily for all eternity. Blessed are You L-rd, the holy G‑d.

Malchiyot (verses of sovereignty)
~Verses from the Torah and Prophets describing the Kingship of G-d are spoken.

Zichronot (verses of remembrance)
~Verses about G-d’s mindfulness of us and our situations are spoken.

Shofrot (verses of the Shofar)
~Various verses describing different symbolisms and powers of the Shofar are spoken. The Shofar itself is a reminder of a powerful verse in Psalms.

Avodah
Look with favor, L-rd our G‑d, on Your people Israel and pay heed to their prayer; restore the service to Your Sanctuary and accept with love and favor Israel’s fire-offerings and prayer; and may the service of Your people Israel always find favor. May our eyes behold Your return to Zion in mercy. Blessed are You L-rd, who restores His Divine Presence to Zion.

Hoda’ah
We thankfully acknowledge that You are the L-rd our G‑d and G‑d of our fathers forever. You are the strength of our life, the shield of our salvation in every generation. We will give thanks to You and recount Your praise, evening, morning and noon, for our lives which are committed into Your hand, for our souls which are entrusted to You, for Your miracles which are with us daily, and for Your continual wonders and beneficences. You are the Beneficent One, for Your mercies never cease; the Merciful One, for Your kindnesses never end; for we always place our hope in You. And for all these, may Your Name, our King, be continually blessed, exalted and extolled forever and all time. And all living things shall forever thank You, and praise Your great Name eternally, for You are good. G‑d, You are our everlasting salvation and help, O benevolent G‑d. Blessed are You L-rd, Beneficent is Your Name, and to You it is fitting to offer thanks.

Sim Shalom
Bestow peace, goodness and blessing, life, graciousness, kindness and mercy, upon us and upon all Your people Israel. Bless us, our Father, all of us as one, with the light of Your countenance. For by the light of Your countenance You gave us, L-rd our G‑d, the Torah of life and loving-kindness, righteousness, blessing, mercy, life and peace. May it be favorable in Your eyes to bless Your people Israel, at all times and at every moment, with Your peace. He who makes peace in His heavens, may He make peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

Today’s Affirmation:

“I set and achieve challenging and worthwhile goals.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Wednesday (Navratri)

Today begins the Hindu festival of Sharana Navratri, a nine day festival to the Hindu Goddesses.
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, begins today at sundown.

Glory to you, O divine Mother Gauri, glory to you, O Parvati, who are so rich in maiden grace , the object of daily meditation by Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. O Ambe! On your forehead is a mark of vermilion along with a mark of musk . Your twin eyes are bright and your face beautiful as the moon. Your body with a tinge of gold is beautifully dressed in red attire; on your throat there is a wreath of red blossoms like a beautiful necklace. Your vehicle, the lion, is, O Mother in keeping with your majestic form; you hold a sword and a skull in your hands, and on you attend the gods, hermits, men and your devotees, whose grief you drive away. You are adorned with rings on your ears and with pearl on the tip of your nose, your radiance looks as beautiful as that of myriad of moons and suns. O slayer of the demon Mahish, you tore apart the bodies of Shumbha, Nishumbha and Dhuumravilochana. Your eyes reflected a frenzy of wrath everyday and night. You are the beloved companion of Brahma, Rudra and Vishnu. The Vedas and the Shastras describe you as the queen companion of Shiva Sixty-four Yoginis chorus your glory and glorify you, while Shiva dances in tune to the accompaniment of the sound of tambour and drum . You are mother of the universe, the almighty, its sustainer, reliever of your devotees’ hardships and bestower of prosperity and happiness The four arms you have adorned your person, while the hand raised in benediction reveals your compassionate aspect. Those among men and women who wait on you and worship you have all their wishes fulfilled. In a golden platter are beautifully laid aloe and camphor, both of which have lighted; and the radiance of your forehead is reflecting the splendour of gems.
(Ma Durga Aarti, Source: theholidayspot.com)

Today’s Affirmation:

“Every organ in my body is healthy and functions at its optimum scale.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Tuesday (Meskel)

Today is Meskel, the celebration of the Holy Cross in Ethiopian Orthodox and Eritrean Orthodox Churches.

Holy, Holy, Holy, perfect Lord of Hosts
Heaven and Earth are Full of the
Holiness of thy glory.
We worship thee, Eeyesus Kiristos,
with thy merciful and Heavenly Father
and the Holy Spirit, the Life giver, for
thou did come and Save us.

I offer one worship to the Father
and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
I offer one worship to the Father
and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
I offer one worship to the Father
and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Being one, He is three and being
three he is one. They are three in
persons and one in Godhead.

I worship before our Lady Mariam
Virgin and Mother of God, who is
pure in flesh and in her soul.

I worship before the cross of our
Lord Eeyesus Kiristos, which was
sanctified by his precious blood.

The Cross is our Might,
The Cross is our Strength.
The Cross is our Ransom,
and the Cross is the Medicine
of our Soul.

The Jews denied Him, but we
believe in him.

We who have believed in Him are
Saved by the power of His cross.

(An Ethiopian Orthodox prayer, Source: Ethiopian Orthodox Church . info)

Today’s Affirmation:

“Every day is a new day full of hope, happiness and health.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Monday

O Lord! Thou art the Remover of every anguish and the Dispeller of every affliction.
Thou art He Who banisheth every sorrow and setteth free every slave, the Redeemer of every soul.
O Lord! Grant deliverance through Thy mercy, and reckon me among such servants of Thine as have gained salvation.
(a Bahá’í prayer by Bahá’u’lláh)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I am full of energy and vitality and my mind is calm and peaceful.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Sunday

Glorious God, give me grace to amend my life,
and to have an eye to my end without begrudging death,
which to those who die in you, good Lord,
is the gate of a wealthy life.

And give me, good Lord, a humble, lowly, quiet, peaceable,
patient, charitable, kind, tender and pitiful mind,
in all my works and all my words and all my thoughts,
to have a taste of your holy, blessed Spirit.

Give me, good Lord, a full faith, a firm hope, and a fervent charity,
a love of you incomparably above the love of myself.

Give me, good Lord, a longing to be with you,
not to avoid the calamities of this world,
nor so much to attain the joys of heaven,
as simply for love of you.

And give me, good Lord, your love and favor,
which my love of you, however great it might be,
could not deserve were it not for your great goodness.

These things, good Lord, that I pray for,
give me your grace to labor for.

(Thomas More, 1478-1535)

Today’s Affirmation:

“Each breath that I inhale fills my body with strength and power.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Saturday

Sovereign God of the universe, we praise You: Your goodness sustains the world. You are the God of grace, love, and compassion, the Source of bread for all who live; for Your love is everlasting. In Your great goodness we need never lack for food; You provide food enough for all. We praise You, O God, Source of food for all who live.
For this good earth that You have entrusted to our mothers and fathers, and to us; for our deliverance from bondage; for the covenant You have sealed into our hearts; for Your life-giving love and grace; for Torah, our way of life, and for the food that sustains us day by day, we give You thanks.
For all this we thank You. Let Your praise ever be on the lips of all who live, as it is written: “When you have eaten and are satisfied, give praise to your God who has given you this good earth.” We praise You, O God, for the earth, and for its sustenance.
(From the Birkat Hamazon, a traditional Jewish blessing for after a meal.)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I am grateful to God for this wonderful life.
I am thankful to every body who has touched my life and made it worth living.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)