Prayer for Friday

Your life may be the only Bible some people read.
~ Author Unknown

Let me be a voice for the speechless,
Those who are small and weak;
Let me speak for all helpless creatures
Who have no power to speak.
I have lifted my heart to heaven
On behalf of the least of these –
The frightened, the homeless, the hungry.
I am voicing their pleas.
If I can help any creature,
Respond to a desperate call,
I will know that my prayer has been answered
By the God Who created them all.

(Helen Inwood)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I uphold my integrity in every action.”

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

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Prayer for Saturday

The best way to find yourself,
is to lose yourself in the service of others.
~ Mohandas Gandhi

Father,
Allow me to serve others with gladness –
Without keeping score,
Always giving, never expecting to receive.
Allow me to give of myself,
To give of my talents and of my goods,
To give of my time and of my energy,
To give of my heart and of my soul.
Help me understand the needs of others,
Never criticizing,
Never demeaning,
Never scolding,
Never condemning.
You have been so gracious to me,
Always Loving,
Always forgiving,
Always restoring –
While never chastising me for my waywardness,
Even though I have been wrong
More times than I can remember.
Father, keep a criticizing spirit
Far from my heart and further from my lips.
Allow me to serve others with gladness,
With compassion and tenderness,
Never diminishing their value as the price for my care.
Let me extend mercy to the brokenhearted,
Just as You have done so often for me.

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I accept people as they are.”

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

Prayer for Friday

It’s not that successful people are givers;
it is that givers are successful people.
~ Patti Thor

Make us worthy, Lord,
to serve our brothers and sisters
throughout the world
who live and die in poverty and hunger.
Give them by our hands
this day their daily bread,
and by our understanding love
give peace and joy. Amen.

(Pope Paul VI)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I accept people as they are.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday

I wondered why somebody didn’t do something.
Then I realized, I am somebody.
~ Unknown

Lord, I am filled with the life You have shared with me.
Just knowing You love me fills me with joy.

Lord, I know You want me to share this love and joy with others.
To share Your gifts with them is to follow You to be Christian.

There are many ways of sharing, Lord, many ways of loving.
Send Your Spirit to help me know how best to share my life,
my love, my hopes and my joy with others.

(Source: faculty website of the Christian Brothers College High School)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I accept people as they are.”

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

Prayer for Monday

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
~ Mohammed Ali

O God and the God of all Names, and the Maker of the heavens! I entreat Thee by Thy Name through which He Who is the Day-spring of Thy might and the Dawning-Place of Thy power hath been manifested, through which every solid thing hath been made to flow, and every dead corpse hath been quickened, and every moving spirit confirmed – I entreat Thee to enable me to rid myself of all attachment to any one but Thee, and to serve Thy Cause, and to wish what Thou didst wish through the power of Thy sovereignty, and to perform what is the good pleasure of Thy will.

I beseech Thee, moreover, O my God, to ordain for me what will make me rich enough to dispense with any one save Thee. Thou seest me, O my God, with my face turned towards Thee, and my hands clinging to the cord of Thy grace. Send down upon me Thy mercy, and write down for me what Thou hast written down for Thy chosen ones. Powerful art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. No God is there but Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Bountiful.

(Bahá’u’lláh)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I accept people as they are.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Wesak)

Today is Wesak, or Buddha Day, in Buddhist traditions.

No man is an Island, entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; . . .
any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
~ John Donne, Meditation XVII, English clergyman & poet

Oh Lord, give us more charity, more self-denial, more likeness to you.
Teach us to sacrifice our comforts to others
and our likings for the sake of doing good.
Make us kindly in thought, gentle in word, generous in deed.
Teach us that it is better to give than to receive,
better to forget ourselves than to put ourselves forward,
better to minister than to be ministered unto.
And to You, the God of love, be all glory and praise, now and forever.

(Henry Alford, 19th century)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I accept people as they are.”

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

Prayer for Monday

Let this day, O Lord, add some knowledge or good deed to yesterday.
(Lancelot Andrews, 16th century)

Almighty God, and most merciful Father,
who has given us a new commandment that we should love one another,
give us also grace that we may fulfil it.
Make us gentle, courteous and forbearing.
Direct our lives so that we may look each to the good of the other in word and deed.
(Bishop Wescott, 19th century)

(Source for today’s prayers: Finding Hope and Meaning in Suffering website)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I now inspire and empower others to greatness.”

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