Beginning in prayer

‘Be still and know that I am God.’
from Psalm 46

Holy Spirit, linking me to the love of the Father and the Son,
you who comfort those who are being tested,
enter into the very depths of my being with the brightness of your dazzling light.
My soul is sometimes like a desert parched and dry; water it, I pray, with the refreshing dew of your grace, making fruitful that which has long lain barren.
May the fiery arrows of your love penetrate my heart and will, setting them on fire with such a love that all my failure, neglect and feebleness may be consumed, as your great love takes me in its embrace.
after St Augustine

Sit quietly and simply say slowly over and over again –

Father God, I belong to you... Father God, I belong to you... Father God, I belong to you...

When we are sorry...

The Jesus Prayer
Just saying the name of Jesus can be a prayer, a way of inviting him to be with us. This calling on the name of Jesus can be developed into what is known as the Jesus Prayer.

Traditionally it is a prayer that is said slowly, over and over again:

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner, Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God...

Merciful God,
I am so sorry for...

Please forgive me.
I ask for the strength to change.

When we are thankful...

‘This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.’
from Psalm 118

‘I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart.’
from Psalm 138

O God, I thank you for all the wonderful things of life. Help me to see them, and to count them, that my life may flow in ceaseless praise. Today I especially thank you for...
I give you thanks with my whole heart.

Praise the Lord O my soul:
And all that is within me
Praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord O my soul:
And forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your sins:
and heals all your infirmities...
and crowns you with mercy and compassion.
From Psalm 103

When we are grieving...

O God, where tears fall and hearts are broken, enter the darkness with the light of your love.

Heavenly Father,
In the darkness of my loss I come to you and ask that you will be close to me in my sorrow. In your mercy give me strength to keep going and trust in your loving care.

Into your loving hands I commend ......
entrusting him/her to your safekeeping.
Give us peace, I pray.

Or in times of difficulty...

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith; please be with ....
in their special need. Enfold them in your love and may they know your presence with them at this time. Amen

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He guideth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; for thou art with me:
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and give you his peace, this day and for ever more.