A Prayer for Peace Among the Nations

O Almighty God,
the Father of all humanity,
turn, we pray, the hearts of all peoples and their rulers,
that by the power of your Holy Spirit
peace may be established among the nations
on the foundation of justice, righteousness and truth;
through him who was lifted up on the cross
to draw all people to himself,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

— William Temple (ENGLAND/1881-1944)

Prayer When Words Won’t Come

O my Father, I have moments of deep unrest — moments when I know not what to ask by reason of the very excess of my wants.  I have in these hours no words for Thee, no conscious prayers for Thee.  My cry seems purely worldly;  I want only the wings of a dove that I may flee away. Yet all the time Thou hast accepted my unrest as prayer.  Thou hast received the nameless longings of my heart as the intercessions of Thy Spirit.  They are not yet the intercessions of my spirit; I know not what to ask.  But Thou knowest what I ask, O my God.  Thou knowest the name and need which lies beneath my speechless groan……. Thou knowest that because I am made in Thine image I can find rest only in what give rest to Thee; therefore Thou hast counted my unrest unto me for righteousness, and has called my groaning Thy Spirit’s prayer. George Matheson [Scotland/1842-1906]

Prayer for the Human Family

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed  us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe in me,
O Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts many all be holy.

Act in me,
O Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.

Draw my heart,
O Holy Spirit,
that I love only what is holy.

Strengthen me,
O Holy Spirit,
to defend all that is holy.

Guard me, then,
O Holy Spirit,
that I may always be holy.

–AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO (Algeria/354-430)

Prayer for Spiritual Revival

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 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.

— Sir Francis Drake (ENGLAND.1540-1596)

MOSIAC HOLY BIBLE, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Hold Fast to Hope

This is week two of the Christmas Advent focusing attention on Hope. The following prayer is titled Hold Fast to Hope

Almighty God,

give us such a vision of your purpose

and such an assurance of your love and power,

that we may ever hold fast the hope

which is in Jesus Christ our Lord

who is alive with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God now and for ever.

Amen — Bosco Peters (New Zealand/Contemporary)

Prayer for Watchfulness

Keep us, O Lord,

while we tarry on this earth,

in serious seeking after you,

and in an affectionate walking with you,

every day of our lives;

that when you come,

we may be found not hiding our talent,

nor serving the flesh,

nor yet asleep with our lamp unfurnished,

but waiting and longing for our Lord,

our glorious God for ever.

Amen.

— RICHARD BAXTER (ENGLAND/1615-1691)