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Prayer

Spend time sitting in God’s presence to hear His voice, and offer up petitions to God because He hears us and meets us in our deepest need. 

You may choose to use some of the following prayers to guide you.

Prayer of St. Patrick 
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

 

The Lord's Prayer
Our Father 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.

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession from the Book of Common Prayer
Merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you
with our whole heart and mind and strength.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be,
so that we may delight in your will
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your holy name.
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

Pray Scripture passages

Psalm 139
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.  You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.  Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely….

Psalm 51
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. … Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit. …

Psalm 130
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.  Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!  If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?  But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. …

 

Other Psalms of Confession and Lament
Psalms 6, 13, 25, 30, 32, 38, 42, 51, 88, 102, 143 

 

Apps to Guide You:

Pray as you go   (https://pray-as-you-go.org)

Lectio 365  (https://www.24-7prayer.com/resource/lectio-365)

Abide  (https://abide.com)

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