Prayer is a means of linking one’s spirit, mind, and heart to God. Prayers may be said in order to worship God, give thanks to God, ask forgiveness of God and request help from God. Prayers entail thought and love for God and may be spoken aloud, or said quietly within one’s mind. They may be personal and meditative, or public and social. Prayers do not need to follow any specific wording or guidelines, although many people find that helpful. Sometimes all that is necessary is to call upon God for guidance. In times of darkness, prayer is a way to find the Light.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you. Psalm 52.22
The following are some prayers which may be helpful for anyone seeking comfort, or as a contemplative means of reaching out to God.
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Attributed to St. Francis
LORD, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O DIVINE MASTER,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
A Prayer for Courage and Faith
Believe in yourself, but believe in God,
Believe in yourself, and accept the will of God,
Believe in yourself, and have no fear,
For the presence of God, is always near.
Prayer for Light
By Lydia Clar
O God of love
The Peace of Heaven is your gift
Grant Peace and Light to all who have journeyed on
And free them from any anxieties
Give understanding to those of us left behind
Help us to become a beacon of light that will
Spread rays towards your love and peace on earth.
Help us to be clean of mind and spirit
So that we may fulfill your desires
For the Enlightenment of those on earth.
Make us one with You in Love
Prayer for Help of The Holy Spirit
Associated with St. Anthony of Padua
O God, send forth your
Holy Spirit upon me;
guide all my thoughts and
actions so that my whole life
will be pleasing to You;
be with me in times of trial;
stay close to me when I am
weak in body and soul;
give me the strength, courage
and grace to do Your Holy will
in all things; never let me
be separated from You
in thought, word, or deed.
Giving Thanks for this Life
by Omar Khayyam
Be happy for this moment.
This moment is your life.
Living Life Tomorrow’s fate,
Though thou be wise,
Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise;
Pass, therefore, not today in vain,
For it will never come again.
The Moving Finger writes; and, having written,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a word of it.
Ah, make the most of what yet we may spend,
Before we too into dust descend.