Prayer for Thursday (Sukkot)

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot continues today. The Navajo Sing in gratitude for the harvest begins today.

If God asks that you bend, bend and do not complain.
He is making you more flexible, and for this be thankful.
~ Terri Guillemets

Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
who has chosen us from among all people, and exalted us above every tongue
and sanctified us with His commandments, and you gave us, Lord our God, with love,
appointed festivals for gladness, festivals and times for joy
this day of the festival of Sukkot, the time of our gladness,
a holy convocation, a memorial of the exodus from Egypt
because You have chosen us and made us holy from all peoples
and your holy festivals in gladness and in joy you have given us for an inheritance.
Blessed are you, Lord, who sanctifies Israel and the seasons. Amen.

(traditional Sukkot prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I believe in myself.”

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

Prayer for Wednesday

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot begins at sunset today. The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi ends today.

If you can find a path with no obstacles,
it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.
~ Frank A. Clark

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe,
Who has granted us life, Who has sustained us,
and Who has enabled us to reach this festive occasion.

(blessing said on the first evening of Sukkot)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I believe in myself.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Sukkot)

The week long Jewish holiday of Sukkot begins at sundown today.

Prayer is when you talk to God;
meditation is when you listen to God.
~ Author Unknown

Blessing for Dwelling in the Sukkah
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us
to dwell in the sukkah (Amen)

Shehecheyanu
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
who has kept us alive, sustained us,
and enabled us to reach this season (Amen)

(traditional prayers during Sukkot)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I receive guidance and insight through meditation.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday (Hoshana Rabba)

Hoshana Rabba, the last day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, begins at sundown today.

Blessed are you, L-rd, our G-d, king of the universe
who creates the fruit of the vine. (Amen)

Blessed are you, L-rd, our G-d, king of the universe
who has chosen us from among all people, and exalted us above every tongue
and sanctified us with His commandments, and you gave us, Lord our God,
with love appointed festivals for gladness,
festivals and times for joy, this day of
the festival of Sukkot, the time of our gladness
a holy convocation, a memorial of the exodus from Egypt.
Indeed, You have chosen us and made us holy among all peoples
and your holy festivals
in gladness and in joy you have given us for an inheritance.

Blessed are You, who sanctifies Israel and the seasons. (Amen)

(Kiddush for Sukkot)

I invite to my meal the exalted guests, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and David. May it please you, Abraham, my exalted guest, that all the other exalted guests dwell with me and with you – Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and David.

(Ushpizin, traditional welcoming prayer before a meal in the Sukkah. Each night of Sukkot the order is changed so a different holy “guest” leads. Tonight the order would start with David.)

Today’s Affirmation:

“My life is full of love and joy and all the material things that I need.”

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

Prayer for Monday (Sukkot)

Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!
For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the LORD endures forever.

Praise the LORD!

(Psalm 117 [NKJV], a Psalm of the Hallel)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I am in a state of fulfillment, have abundant love and joy in my life
and am free to do whatever I wish to do.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Sukkot)

I love the LORD, because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

The pains of death surrounded me,
And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me;
I found trouble and sorrow.
Then I called upon the name of the LORD:
“O LORD, I implore You, deliver my soul!”

Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
Yes, our God is merciful.
The LORD preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

For You have delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.
I will walk before the LORD
In the land of the living.
I believed, therefore I spoke,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
I said in my haste,
“All men are liars.”

What shall I render to the LORD
For all His benefits toward me?
I will take up the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD
Now in the presence of all His people.

Precious in the sight of the LORD
Is the death of His saints.

O LORD, truly I am Your servant;
I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant;
You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
And will call upon the name of the LORD.

I will pay my vows to the LORD
Now in the presence of all His people,
In the courts of the LORD’s house,
In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

Praise the LORD!

(Psalm 116 [NKJV], a Psalm of the Hallel)

Today’s Affirmation:

“As I forgive myself, it becomes easier to forgive others.”

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

Prayer for Saturday (Sukkot)

Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth.
Why should the Gentiles say,
“So where is their God?”

But our God is in heaven;
He does whatever He pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold,
The work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
Eyes they have, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear;
Noses they have, but they do not smell;
They have hands, but they do not handle;
Feet they have, but they do not walk;
Nor do they mutter through their throat.
Those who make them are like them;
So is everyone who trusts in them.

O Israel, trust in the LORD;
He is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD;
He is their help and their shield.
You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD;
He is their help and their shield.

The LORD has been mindful of us;
He will bless us;
He will bless the house of Israel;
He will bless the house of Aaron.
He will bless those who fear the LORD,
Both small and great.

May the LORD give you increase more and more,
You and your children.
May you be blessed by the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s;
But the earth He has given to the children of men.
The dead do not praise the LORD,
Nor any who go down into silence.
But we will bless the LORD
From this time forth and forevermore.

Praise the LORD!

(Psalm 115 [NKJV], one of the Psalms of the Hallel)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I enjoy every moment of the day. Be happy is my motto.”

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