Prayer for Sunday (Easter)

Today is Easter Sunday in the western Christian traditions. The Jewish holiday of Pesach, or Passover, continues today.

Love each other deeply and fully.
Remember the ways that I have loved you,
and demonstrate your love for others in those same ways.
~ Jesus (John 13:34 [The Voice])

We are often not the Easter People
that we should be,
living in the certain knowledge
of your great mercy and love.
Distracted by the world around us
we fail to hear your voice,
or hide when faith is challenged
as we wander off the path.
Forgive us, we pray;
restore the love that we first had,
a faith that can endure.
We will keep our eyes fixed on you, Lord,
and with you at our right hand
we shall not be shaken.

(Author Unknown; Source: Faith and Worship)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am God’s Child and I am perfect just as I am.”

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

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Prayer for Saturday

The Jewish holiday of Pesach, or Passover, continues today.

Remember, you’ll know who they are by what they produce.
~ Jesus (Matthew 7:20 )

Dear God,

As I woke up this morning, I thought about time and the idea of stepping out in faith. How long do I wait for a breakthrough, during the down times and the quiet times when I feel so alone?

As I read in my devotional, “my grace is sufficient for you,” again I find strength in your Word to wait on you.

Oh, God, I trust that you, who has begun the good work in me, are faithful to complete it. Today does not look any different than yesterday. My circumstances have not changed. But slowly and surely your Word is taking root in my heart and in it I have confident rest. I know my change will come. I am willing to wait on your perfect timing and your decision which is right.

Thank you for weighing it all out and giving me all and only as much as I can bear. Thank you for the courage to wait and patiently trust that my Father knows what is best for me.

Amen.

(Judith Mereki; Source: About.com)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am totally present in the Now.”

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

Prayer for Friday (Good Friday)

Today is Good Friday for western Christian traditions. The Jewish holiday of Pesach, or Passover, continues today.

My commandment to you is this: love others as I have loved you.
There is no greater way to love than to give your life for your friends.
You celebrate our friendship if you obey this command.
~ Jesus (John 15:12-14 [The Voice])

Jesus, tender and loving Lamb of God,
Utmost Sacrifice of all sacrifices,
Your glory is reverberated in the highest.
Being preoccupied with my well-being,
You chose to self-sacrificed Yourself,
Setting aside all Your personal glories.
I thank You Lord Jesus for Your act of love!
Your action has drawn me closer to You.
Teach me to model in smaller things,
To sacrifice in order to help others,
Guiding my soul to endure abstinence.
Lamb of God, I thank you endlessly!

(Source: The Catholic Doors Ministry)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am totally present in the Now.”

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

Prayer for Thursday (Hola Mohala)

Today is the Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla.The Jewish holiday of Pesach, or Passover, continues today.

Don’t fret about your life – what you’re going to eat and drink –
or about your body – what you’re going to wear.
There is more to living than food and clothing, isn’t there?
Take a look at the birds of the sky:
they don’t plant or harvest, or gather into barns.
Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. You’re worth more than they, aren’t you?
Can any one of you add one hour to life by fretting about it?
~ Jesus (the Jesus Seminar translation)

Mool Mantra and 1st Pauri of Japji Sahib

There is One God
He is the supreme truth.
He, The Creator,
Is without fear and without hate,
He, The Omnipresent,
Pervades the universe.
He is not born,
Nor does He die to be born again,
By His grace shalt thou worship Him.

Before time itself
There was truth,
When time began to run its course
He was the truth.
Even now, He is the truth
And Evermore shall truth prevail.

Not by thought alone
Can He be Known,
Though one think
A hundred thousand times;
Not in solemn silence
Nor in deep meditation.
Though fasting yields an
Abundance of virtue
It cannot appease the hunger for truth,
No, by none of these,
Nor by a hundred thousand other devices,
Can God be reached.
How then shall the Truth be known?
How the veil of false illusion torn?
O Nanak, thus runneth the writ divine,
The righteous path – let it be thine.

(Guru Nanak Sahib Ji, 1st Sikh Guru)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am totally present in the Now.”

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

Prayer for Wednesday (Pesach)

The Jewish holiday of Pesach, or Passover, continues today. The Hindu festival of Holi ends today.

Ask (and keep on asking) and you’ll get;
Seek (and keep on seeking) and you’ll find;
Knock (and keep on knocking) and the door will open.
Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need.
~ Jesus (adapted from The Message)

The Lord’s Prayer

Father,
your name be revered.
Impose your imperial rule.
Provide us with the bread we need for the day.
Forgive our debts
to the extent that we have forgiven those in debt to us.

(Luke 11:2-4, The Jesus Seminar translation)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am totally present in the Now.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday (Khordad Sal)

Today is the Zoroastrian holiday of Khordad Sal, celebrating the birth of the Prophet Zarathustra. It is the first day of the Jewish holiday of Pesach, or Passover. The Hindu festival of Holi continues today.

Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
and pray for those who mistreat you.
If anyone hits you on one cheek, let him hit the other one too;
if someone takes your coat, let him have your shirt as well.
Give to everyone who asks you for something,
and when someone takes what is yours, do not ask for it back.
~ Jesus (Luke 6:27-30, Good News translation)

With bended knees, with hands outstretched, do I yearn for the effective
expression of the holy spirit working within me:

For this love and understanding, truth and justice; for wisdom to know the
apparent from the real that I might alleviate the sufferings of men on earth….

God is love, understanding, wisdom, and virtue. Let us love one another,
let us practice mercy and forgiveness, let us have peace, born of fellow-feeling…

Let my joy be of altruistic living, of doing good to others. Happiness is unto
him from who happiness proceeds to any other human being.

(Zoroastrian prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am totally present in the Now.”

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

Prayer for Monday (Annunciation)

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation in the western Christian traditions. The Fast of the First Born begins for Jews at sundown today. The Hindu festival of Holi continues today.

…you are to be unsparing in your generosity
in the way your heavenly Father’s generosity is unsparing.
~ Jesus (Matthew 5:48)

Eternal lover of Thy children,
bring us into Thy life,
make us sharers in Thy love
and transmitters of it.
Help us to become serene and patient
in the midst of our frustrations,
but at the same time
make us heroic adventurers,
brave, gentle, tender,
but without fear
and with radiant faces.

(Rufus Jones, Quaker [1863-1948])

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am totally present in the Now.”

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