Scripture & Prayer

Blessings

Holy Father, keep us in your truth;
Holy Son, protect us under the wings of your cross;
Holy Spirit, make us temples and dwelling places for your glory;
grant us peace all the days o four lives, O Lord.
                                                     Maronite Church (Office of Compline)

God be in my head,
   And in my understanding;
God be in my eyes,
   And in my looking;
God be in my mouth,
   And in my speaking;
God be in my heart,
   And in my thinking;
God be in my end,
   And at my departing.
                      Old Scottish Prayer

Comfort

Comfort, we ask you, most gracious God,
all who are cast down and faint of heart
amidst the sorrows and difficulties of the world:
and grant that, by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit,
they may be lifted up to you with hope and courage,
and enabled to go upon their way
rejoicing in your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
                                                     Richard Meux Benson

National Well-Being

O God our Father, make us worthy of your trust which you have placed in us.
May we have bravery and devotion which befit these times. As a nation may
we have the warm courage of unity and the clear consciousness of seeking
tried and precious moral values. As citizens may we have the clean satisfaction
that comes from the stern performance of our duty. May we have faith in the
future of democracy and may we build for a world of lasting brotherhood and
peace. Amen.
                                                      Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

Guidance

Grant to me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know, to love what I ought
to love, to praise what delights Thee most, to value what is precious in
thy sight, to hate what is offensive to Thee. Do not suffer me to judge
according to the sight of my eyes, not to pass sentence according to the
hearing of the ears of ignorant men; but to discern with true judgement
between things visible and spiritual, and above all things to enquire what
is the good pleasure of thy will.
                                                                      Thomas a Kempis, 1380-1471

 

Gifts of the Spirit

Spirit of promise, Spirit of unity, we thank thee that thou art also the 
Spirit of renewal. Renew in the whole Church, we pray thee, that 
passionate desire for the coming of thy kingdom which will unite all 
Christians in one mission to the world. May we grow up together into 
him, who is our head, the Saviour of the world, and our only Lord and
master.
                                                                       Olive Wyon, 1881-1966

Prayer of Thankfulness

Lord God, thank you for loving us
even when we turn away from you.
We are grateful for your constant care and concern.
Though we feel unworthy of your great love, 
we thank you that through our weaknesses
You give us strength;
And in our wanderings you show us the way.
                                                        Anonymous

In Addition to 911, Remember These Emergency Numbers
When in sorrow………………………………call John 14
When men fail you…………………….....call Psalm 27
When you have sinned…………….…...call Psalm 51
When you worry………..........…………call Matthew 6:19-34
When you are in danger………….…….call Psalm 91
When God seems far away…………...call Psalm 139
When your faith needs stirring……….call Hebrews 11
When you are lonely & fearful………..call Psalm 23
When you grown bitter & critical……call 1 Corinthians 13
For Paul’s secret to happiness……...call Colossians 3: 12-17
For understanding of Christianity....call 2 Corinthians 5: 15-19
When you feel down & out…….……..call Romans 8:31
When you want peace & rest……….call Matthew 11:25-30
When the world seems bigger than God...call Psalm 90
When you want Christian assurance….....call Romans 8:1-30
When you leave home for labor or travel…..call Psalm 121
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish..call Psalm 67
When you want courage for a task……………call Joshua 1
For how to get along with fellow men………call Romans 12
If you are depressed……………………..…….....call Psalm 130
If your pocketbook is empty…………..…..…..call Psalm 37
If you are losing confidence in people.......call 1 Corinthians 13
If people seem unkind………………………….…...call John 15
If discouraged about your work………………. call Psalm 126
If you find the world growing small & yourself great..Psalm 19
For dealing with fear……………………..call Psalm 34:7
For security……………………………………call Psalm 121:3
For assurance…………………………..……call Mark 8:35
For reassurance…………………………….call Psalm 145:18
Provided by Stephen Ministry Duck United Methodist Church

 

Find comfort in His Word.

Afraid/Anxious/Depressed

   Psalm 34:4                    Psalm 46                         Psalm 34

   II Timothy 1:7               Matthew 6:19-34

Discouraged/Facing a Crisis/Lonely

   Psalm 23                       Psalm 121                       Psalm 23

   Philippians 4:4-7             Hebrews 4:16                  Hebrews 13:5-6

Need God's Protection/Prayerful/Sick or in Pain

   Psalm 91                       Psalm 42                         Psalm 38

   Philippians 4:19              John 17                           Matthew 26:39

Sorrowful

   Psalm 51                       John 14

 

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

Eternal God, You call us to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us, and your love supporting us; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

Wesleyan Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.


Lord, I pray that you put people in my life who have wisdom from you
and I allow them to speak in my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

 

I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God. 
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I had asked for,
but everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
  Prayer of an unknown Confederate soldier