From time to time people raise a discussion concerning the use of written prayers. While one does not need to use then there are prayers written in the Bible. This is clear as we look at the psalms, prayers of the saints in the Old Testament and prayers of our Lord as well as the prayers of some of the apostles. When the Lord taught us to pray in the Lord's Prayer we were taught to pray intelligently and for a purpose (actually many purposes).
This morning I was very sick. Therefore I want to share with you my morning prayer and devotions from the "Book of Common Prayer" which has helped me to focus in my daily worship prayers and devotion to the Lord............Steve
THE LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keepsilence before him. Habakkuk 2:20I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into thehouse of the LORD. Psalm 122:1
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of myheart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, andmy redeemer. Psalm 19:14
O send out thy light and thy truth, that they may leadme, and bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy dwelling.
Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabitetheternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holyplace, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit,to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heartof the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15
The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Fatherseeketh such to worship him. St. John 4:23
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father,and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:2
When the wicked man turneth away from his wickednessthat he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful andright, he shall save his soul alive. Ezekiel 18:27Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mineiniquities. Psalm 51:9
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, andthe truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithfuland just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from allunrighteousness. 1 St. John 1:8, 9
DEARLY beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us,in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess ourmanifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemblenor cloak them before the face of Almighty God ourheavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly,penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtainforgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy….Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, We have erred, andstrayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followedtoo much the devices and desires of our own hearts. Wehave offended against thy holy laws. We have left undonethose things which we ought to have done; And we havedone those things which we ought not to have done; Andthere is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercyupon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, whoconfess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent;According to thy promises declared unto mankind In ChristJesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for hissake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, andsober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whodesireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that hemay turn from his wickedness and live, hath given power, andcommandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounceto his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins. He pardoneth and absolveth all those who trulyrepent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel.Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance,and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please himwhich we do at this present; and that the rest of our lifehereafter may be pure and holy; so that at the last we maycome to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thyName. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, Onearth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Andforgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespassagainst us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver usfrom evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, andthe glory, for ever and ever. Amen.O Lord, open thou our lips.Answer. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and tothe Holy Ghost;Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shallbe, world without end. Amen.Praise ye the Lord.The Lord’s Name be praised.
Venite, exultemus Domino. from Psalms 95 and 96
O COME, let us sing unto the LORD; * let us heartilyrejoice in the strength of our salvation.Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; *and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.For the LORD is a great God; * and a great King aboveall gods.In his hand are all the corners of the earth; * and thestrength of the hills is his also.The sea is his, and he made it; * and his hands preparedthe dry land.O come, let us worship and fall down, * and kneel beforethe LORD our Maker.For he is the Lord our God; * and we are the people ofhis pasture, and the sheep of his hand.O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; * let thewhole earth stand in awe of him.For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth; * andwith righteousness to judge the world, and the peoples with his truth.
GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to theHoly Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,world without end. Amen.
Te Deum laudamus
WE praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to bethe Lord.All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.To thee all Angels cry aloud; the Heavens, and all thePowers therein;To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry,Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of thy glory.The glorious company of the Apostles praise thee.The goodly fellowship of the Prophets praise thee.The noble army of Martyrs praise thee.The holy Church throughout all the world dothacknowledge thee;The Father: of an infinite Majesty;Thine adorable, true, and only Son;Also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.THOU art the King of Glory, O Christ.Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man, thou didsthumble thyself to be born of a Virgin.When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, thoudidst open the kingdom of Heaven to all believers.Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of theFather.We believe that thou shalt come to be our Judge.We therefore pray thee, help thy servants, whom thouhast redeemed with thy precious blood.Make them to be numbered with thy Saints, in gloryeverlasting.O Y E Heavens, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, andmagnify him for ever.O ye Waters that be above the firmament, bless ye theLord: * praise him, and magnify him for ever.O all ye Powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: * praisehim, and magnify him for ever.O ye Sun and Moon, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, andmagnify him for ever.O ye Stars of heaven, bless ye the Lord: * praise him,and magnify him for ever.O ye Showers and Dew, bless ye the Lord: * praise him,and magnify him for ever.O ye Winds of God, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, andmagnify him for ever.O ye Fire and Heat, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, andmagnify him for ever.O ye Winter and Summer, bless ye the Lord: * praisehim, and magnify him for ever.O ye Dews and Frosts, bless ye the Lord: * praise him,and magnify him for ever.O ye Frost and Cold, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, andmagnify him for ever.O ye Ice and Snow, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, andmagnify him for ever.O ye Nights and Days, bless ye the Lord: * praise him,and magnify him for ever.O ye Light and Darkness, bless ye the Lord: * praise him,and magnify him for ever.O ye Lightnings and Clouds, bless ye the Lord: * praisehim, and magnify him for ever.O LET the Earth bless the Lord: * yea, let it praise him,and magnify him for ever.O ye Mountains and Hills, bless ye the Lord: * praisehim, and magnify him for ever.O all ye Green Things upon the earth, bless ye theLord: * praise him, and magnify him for ever.O ye Wells, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, and magnifyhim for ever.O ye Seas and Floods, bless ye the Lord: * praise him,and magnify him for ever.14 O ye Whales, and all that move in the waters, bless yethe Lord: * praise him, and magnify him for ever.O all ye Fowls of the air, bless ye the Lord: * praise him,and magnify him for ever.O all ye Beasts and Cattle, bless ye the Lord: * praisehim, and magnify him for ever.O ye Children of Men, bless ye the Lord: * praise him,and magnify him for ever.O LET Israel bless the Lord: * praise him, and magnifyhim for ever.O ye Priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: * praise him,and magnify him for ever.O ye Servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: * praisehim, and magnify him for ever.O ye Spirits and Souls of the Righteous, bless ye theLord: * praise him, and magnify him for ever.O ye holy and humble Men of heart, bless ye the Lord: *praise him, and magnify him for ever.LET us bless the Father, and the Son, and the HolyGhost: * praise him, and magnify him for ever.
Jubilate Deo. Psalm 100
O BE joyful in the LORD, all ye lands: * serve the LORDwith gladness, and come before his presence with asong.Be ye sure that the LORD he is God; it is he that hathmade us, and not we ourselves; * we are his people, and thesheep of his pasture.O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and intohis courts with praise; * be thankful unto him, and speakgood of his Name.For the LORD is gracious, his mercy is everlasting; * andhis truth endureth from generation to generation.
Prayer for Peace
O GOD, who art the author of peace and lover ofconcord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternallife, whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us thy humbleservants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trustingin thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries,through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.Prayer for DefenseO LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlastingGod, who hast safely brought us to the beginningof this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power;and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run intoany kind of danger; but that all our doings, being orderedby thy governance, may be righteous in thy sight; throughJesus Christ our Lord. Amen.Prayer For The President of the United States,and all in Civil Authority
O LORD, our heavenly Father, the high and mighty Rulerof the universe, who dost from thy throne behold allthe dwellers upon earth; Most heartily we beseech thee, withthy favour to behold and bless thy servant [N ], our President,[our Senate and Representatives in Congress assembled],[N ], the Governor of our State (or Commonwealth), andall others in authority; and so replenish them with the graceof thy Holy Spirit, that they may always incline to thy will,and walk in thy way. Endue them plenteously with heavenlygifts; grant them in health and prosperity long to live; andfinally, after this life, to attain everlasting joy and felicity;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the Clergy and People
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, from whom cometh everygood and perfect gift; Send down upon our Bishops,and other Clergy, and upon the congregations committedto their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, thatthey may truly please thee, pour upon them the continualdew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour ofour Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.A Prayer for all Conditions of Men
O GOD, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind,we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditionsof men; that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy waysknown unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. Moreespecially we pray for thy holy Church universal; that it maybe so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all whoprofess and call themselves Christians may be led into theway of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in thebond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commendto thy fatherly goodness all those who are in any waysafflicted, or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; [especiallythose for whom our (silent) prayers are desired;] that it may pleasethee to comfort and relieve them, according to their severalnecessities; giving them patience under their sufferings, anda happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we begfor Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
A Prayer Of General Thanksgiving
ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, we, thine unworthyservants, do give thee most humble and hearty thanksfor all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to allmen. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and allthe blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimablelove in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, webeseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, thatour hearts may be unfeignedly thankful; and that we mayshow forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives,by giving up our selves to thy service, and by walking beforethee in holiness and righteousness all our days; throughJesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the HolyGhost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.2 Corinthians 13:14: THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love ofGod, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with usall evermore. Amen.