Prayer for Wednesday

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues today.

The Thing we tell of can never be found by seeking,
yet only seekers find it.
~ Bayazid Bistami

Nazr (mealtime blessing)

O Thou,
the Sustainer of
our bodies, hearts, and souls,
Bless all
that we thankfully receive.
Amen

(Hazrat Inayat Khan)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I rejoice for the success and abundance of others.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues today.

A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey.
~ Traditional Sufi saying

Our Lord, You have not created all this in vain.
We proclaim Your purity.
So, save us from the punishment of Fire.

Our Lord, whomsoever You admit into the Fire,
he is disgraced by You indeed,
and for the unjust there are no supporters.

Our Lord, We heard a herald calling towards Faith:
‘Believe in your Lord.’
So we believed.

Our Lord, forgive us, then, our sins,
and write off our evil deeds,
and make us die only when we have joined the righteous.

Our Lord, give us what You have promised us through Your messengers,
and do not put us to disgrace on the Day of Judgement.
Surely you do not go back on Your promise.

(Qur’an 3:191-194, al-Imran)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I rejoice for the success and abundance of others.”

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

 

Prayer for Monday

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues today.

If words come out of the heart,
they will enter the heart,
but if they come from the tongue,
they will not pass beyond the ears.
~ al-Suhrawardi

O Thou kind Lord! From the horizon of detachment Thou hast manifested souls that, even as the shining moon, shed radiance upon the realm of heart and soul, rid themselves from the attributes of the world of existence and hastened forth unto the kingdom of immortality. With a drop from the ocean of Thy loving-kindness Thou didst oft-times moisten the gardens of their hearts until they gained incomparable freshness and beauty. The holy fragrance of Thy divine unity was diffused far and wide, shedding its sweet savours over the entire world, causing the regions of the earth to be redolent with perfume.

Raise up then, O spirit of Purity, souls who, like those sanctified beings, will become free and pure, will adorn the world of being with a new raiment and a wondrous robe, will seek no one else but Thee, tread no path except the path of Thy good pleasure and will speak of naught but the mysteries of Thy Cause.

O Thou kind Lord! Grant that this youth may attain unto that which is the highest aspiration of the holy ones. Endow him with the wings of Thy strengthening grace—wings of detachment and divine aid—that he may soar thereby into the atmosphere of Thy tender mercy, be able to partake of Thy celestial bestowal, may become a sign of divine guidance and a standard of the Concourse on high. Thou art the Potent, the Powerful, the Seeing, the Hearing.

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I rejoice for the success and abundance of others.”

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

Prayer for Sunday

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues today.

Enlightenment must come little by little –
otherwise it would overwhelm.
~ Idries Shah

Father, I abandon myself into Your hands.
Do with me what you will,
whatever You do, I will thank You,
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only Your will be done in me, as in all Your creatures,
and I’ll ask nothing else, Lord.

Into Your hands I commend my spirit;
I give it to You with all the love of my heart,
for I love You, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into Your hands with a trust beyond all measure,
because You are my Father.

(Charles de Fouchauld)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I rejoice for the success and abundance of others.”

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

Prayer for Saturday

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues today.

Straightforwardness and simplicity are in keeping with goodness.
The things that are essential are acquired with little bother;
it is the luxuries that call for toil and effort.
~ Seneca the Younger

I sought my God,
my God I could not see;
I sought my soul,
my soul eluded me;
I sought my brother,
and I found all three.

(Anonymous)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I can change anything I want about my self or life any time I choose.”

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

Prayer for Friday (St. Anna)

Today is the Christian Feast of Saint Anna, mother of the Virgin Mary. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues today.

Nature uses as little as possible of anything.
~ Johannes Kepler

Lord God, grant us the grace to realize that you are walking in our shoes this day. You have given us the Attitudes that we can Be. Let these attitudes be ever present in our feelings, thoughts and actions. Let us be You to all our brothers and sisters that we meet this day.

(from Christian Brothers College High School faculty site)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I can change anything I want about my self or life any time I choose.”

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

 

Prayer for Wednesday (Pioneer Day)

Today is Pioneer Day for Mormons, especially in Utah. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues today.

You have succeeded in life
when all you really want
is only what you really need.
~ Vernon Howard

Dear God,

We give thanks for places of simplicity and peace.
Let us find such a place within ourselves.

We give thanks for places of refuge and beauty.
Let us find such a place within ourselves.

We give thanks for places of nature’s truth and freedom,
of joy, inspiration, and renewal,
places where all creatures may find acceptance and belonging.
Let us search for these places in the world,
in ourselves, and in others.
Let us restore them. Let us strengthen and protect them,
and let us create them.

May we mend this outer world
according to the truth of our inner life
and may our souls be shaped
and nourished by nature’s eternal wisdom.

Amen

(Michael Leunig)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I can change anything I want about my self or life any time I choose.”

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