Prayer for Wednesday (Yom Kippur)

Today is the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.

If you are not living in joy,
you are out of integrity with your soul.
~ Michael Beckwith

Al-mighty King, who sits upon the throne of mercy, You act graciously, pardoning the sins of your people and making them pass away one by one. You often grant pardon to sinners, forgiveness to transgressors, dealing generously with all mortals and not treating them according to their wickedness. O G-d, You who instructed us to recite Your thirteen divine qualities, remember, in our favor, the covenant of these thirteen qualities; as You revealed them to humble Moses, as it is written:
“The Lord came down in the cloud, and Moses placed himself there beside him and proclaimed: The Lord, The Lord is a merciful and gracious G-d, slow to anger and abounding in kindness and truth; He keeps mercy for thousands of generations, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, clearing those who repent.”

O pardon our iniquity and sin, and make us Your very own. Our Father, are truly kind, forgiving and merciful to all who call upon You.

(Part of the S’lichot, Prayers of Supplication,
said at Yom Kippur)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Every atom of my being is resonating with joy and happiness now.”

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

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Prayer for Friday

God, hear my prayer,
And let my cry come to You.
Do not hide from me in the day of my distress
Turn to me and speedily answer my prayer.
Eternal God, Source of healing,
Out of my distress I call upon You.
Help me sense Your presence
At this difficult time.
Grant me patience when the hours are heavy;
In hurt or disappointment give me courage.
Keep me trustful in Your love.
Give me strength for today, and hope for tomorrow.
To your loving hands I commit my spirit
When asleep and when awake. You are with me; I shall not fear.

(S. Kay; Source: Holistic-online.com)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am a source of love and inspiration for my family and friends.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday

The minor Jewish holiday of the Fast of Esther (Taanit Esther) begins at sundown.

My Lord, my King, my God,
come to my help for I’m to take my life into my hands.
God, I’m alone! Hear my prayer!

Lord! remember me, Oh Lord, give me courage, deliver me,
let your hands come to my help.
Only You are Lord, King of Abraham Oh God!
Can you hear me? Listen to my plea.
Listen to Your servant in despair;
deliver me from wicked hands,
free me from my fear!

Lord remember us, Oh Lord.
Deliver us, give us courage, save us by Your Hands, come to my help;
we have no one else only You are King of Abraham.
Oh God! Can You hear us? Listen to our prayer!
Listen to Your people in despair,
deliver us from wicked hands.
If I die, I die!

(Esther’s Prayer by Denny Lin. Adapted from the New Jerusalem Bible, Esther 4: 16, 17 l, r, t, z)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Forgiving makes me feel light and free.”

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

Prayer for Monday

Father,

Your eyes are in every place, everywhere. And you see all that is Good and all that is not, at all times. When forces seem to be working against me, I tend to take matters into my own hands rather than turning it over to You. Or, at the time, I think that I have turned it over to You, but I really have not because I have continued to breed worry, doubt, fear and anger. I know better than this. I do! And yet I still use my free will to take complete control without consulting You or inviting You to help me.

Father, I realize when I choose to take the reins alone, that I have stepped away from co-Creating with You. When I find myself in the midst of dealing with energy that is not of You, my desire is to always be mindful to turn it directly over to You and to trust that You have my back. That You will stretch forth Your Loving Hand and protect me without hesitation or reservation.

I invite You Father, into the totality of my Life, to help me get to the place that You desire me to be.
Thank You Father, thank You so very much for protecting me even when I have had a momentary lapse of reason. My heart goes out to Your Divine Thoughtfulness and Goodness.

You are the Best!

(Source: Awesome Prayers @ www.DrStandley.com)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My thinking is peaceful, calm, and centered.”

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

Prayer for Wednesday

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

(Attributed to Sir Francis Drake, 1577)

Today’s Affirmation:

“Change is the first step towards something better.”

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

Prayer for Monday (Memorial Day)

Eternal God,
Creator of years, of centuries,
Lord of whatever is beyond time,
Maker of all species and master of all history —
How shall we speak to you
from our smallness and inconsequence?
Except that you have called us to worship you
in spirit and in truth;
You have dignified us with loves and loyalties;
You have lifted us up with your loving-kindness.
Therefore we are bold to come before you without groveling
[though we sometimes feel that low]
and without fear
[though we are often anxious].
We sing with spirit and pray with courage
because you have dignified us;
You have redeemed us from the aimlessness
of things’ going meaninglessly well.
God, lift the hearts of those
for whom this holiday is not just diversion,
but painful memory and continued deprivation.
Bless those whose dear ones have died
needlessly, wastefully [as it seems]
in accident or misadventure.
We remember with compassion those who have died
serving their countries
in the futility of combat.
There is none of us but must come to bereavement and separation,
when all the answers we are offered
fail the question death asks of each of us.
We believe that you will provide for us
as others have been provided with the fulfillment of
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

(Rev. Dick Kozelka (ret), First Congregational Church of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN)

Today’s Affirmation:

“God watches over me and protects me.”

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

Prayer for Sunday

Keep us, O God, from pettiness; let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with fault-finding and leave off self-seeking.
May we put away all pretenses and meet each other, face to face,
without self-pity and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgment and always generous.
Let us take time for all things; make us to grow calm, serene, gentle.
Teach us to put in action our better impulses-straightforward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realize it is the little things of life that create difficulties;
that in the big things of life we are as one.
Oh, Lord, let us not forget to be kind.
Amen.

(Mary Stewart)

Today’s Affirmation:

“This is the first day of the rest of my life.”

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