An Epiphany Prayer

A prayer for the day of Epiphany, by Karl Barth:

Lord, our God, dear Father, you have loved the world, in that you sent your only begotten Son, so that all who believe in him will not perish, but have eternal life. Write this on our hearts and minds now, and enlighten our understanding that in his death, the old person in each of us is also dead, and that in his resurrection, the new person is born in each of us. Teach us to believe and in faith to go from death to life. You loved us first. Do not leave us in lovelessness, in indecisiveness, and in the cold.

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A Morning Prayer

This prayer from Valley of Vision is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read.

Compassionate Lord,
Thy mercies have brought me to the dawn
of another day.
Vain will be its gift unless I grow in grace,
increase in knowledge,
ripen for spiritual harvest.
Let me this day know thee as thou art,
love thee supremely,
serve thee wholly,
admire thee fully.
Through grace let my will respond to thee,
Knowing that power to obey is not in me, but
that thy free love alone enables me to serve thee.
Here then is my empty heart,
overflow it with thy choicest gifts;
Here is my blind understanding,
chase away its mists of ignorance.
O ever watchful Shepherd,
lead, guide, tend me this day;
Without thy restraining rod I err and stray;
Hedge up my path lest I wander into
unwholesome pleasure,
and drink its poisonous streams;
Direct my feet that I be not entangled
in Satan’s secret snares,
nor fall into his hidden traps.
Defend me from assailing foes,
from evil circumstances,
from myself.
My adversaries are part and parcel of my nature;
They cling to me as my very skin;
I cannot escape their contact.
In my rising up and sitting down they
barnacle me;
They entice me with constant baits;
My enemy is within the citadel;
Come with almighty power and cast him out,
pierce him to death,
and abolish in my every particle
of carnal life this day. Amen.

A Good Friday Prayer

A prayer for Good Friday, by Karl Barth:

Lord our God, merciful and almighty Father, you loved this poor world so much that you allowed your own dear Son to take such a wonderful path for its liberation and for the liberation of us all! For you, this was the right path, and there was no other; and so it should be for us as well. And if this is indeed the case — that we find freedom only through him and in communion with him, that we reach the heights only by going through depths, that we find joy only through suffering, and that we come to life only through death — then we wish to accept this as your good and proper order.

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A Good Friday Prayer

A prayer for Good Friday, by Karl Barth:

Lord our God, we are gathered here on this day to consider how you have carried out your good, firm will for the world and for all of us, by allowing our Lord Jesus Christ, your dear Son, to be captured that we might be free; to be found guilty that we might be found innocent; to suffer that we might rejoice; and to be given over to death that we might live forever.

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A prayer for Saeed Abedini

[Prayed during the worship services at All Saints Presbyterian Church on 3/22/15]

Christ our Savior,

We thank you for making yourself known to people around the world, often in wonderful and miraculous ways. We rejoice that so many people, even from the most hostile places, are turning to you. Like a brother or sister welcomes a new baby into the family, so too we are happy to have new sisters and brothers join our family all around the world.

It does break our heart, though, that so many are born into hostile places where their love for you brings with it a threat to their safety. Continue reading

A prayer for 2015

Our Father in heaven,
We thank you that you are here with us and we can call on you and listen to you. You know each of us, down to the smallest thought and most hidden detail. Before your eyes none of us is righteous, and yet you have not forgotten or rejected us. Quite the opposite! You have loved us from before the foundation of the world. You know what we need, and you give it to us freely. Thank you, Father, and please remind us often of your abundant love.

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