PRAYERS FOR TOUGH TIMES
Prayer For Peace
Be at peace.
Do not look forward in fear to the changes and
chances of this life;
Rather, look to them with full confidence that,
as they arise,
God, to whom you belong will in His love enable
you to profit by them.
He has guided you thus far in life,
and He will lead you safely through all trials;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will bury you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you
will take care of you then and everyday.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace, then, and put aside all
anxious thoughts and imaginations.
~St. Frances de Sales
Prayer At the Beginning of
a Dark Day
We are still the people walking.
We are still people in the dark,
and the darkness looms large around us,
beset as we are by fear, anxiety, brutality, violence,
a dozen alienations that we cannot manage.
We are we could be people of your
So we pray for the light of your glorious presence
as we wait for your appearing.
We pray for the light of your wondrous grace
as we exhaust our coping capacity;
we pray for your gift of newness that
will override our weariness;
we pray that we may see and know and hear and trust
in your good rule.
That we may have energy, courage, and freedom to
your rule through the demands of this day
We submit our day to you and to your rule, with
deep joy and high hope.
Source: Walter Brueggerman, Prayers for a Privileged
PRAYER FOR A HURTING WORLD
You have promised us your presence. So many around
the world feel the need of that presence now - for
comfort, for strength, for the provision of life
sustaining resources, for a new home.
Their energy is sapped. Their routines are disrupted
by the horrors of the past and the dangers of an
unknown future. Sometimes the anxiety is too much.
Sometimes you must seem distant to them. Sometimes
they hurt in loneliness as well as in practical
Father, we pray that pain such as theirs will be
healed. And we feel challenged to play a greater
role in that healing. Help us to discern how we
fit into a world that is so much larger than our
local community. Show us how we can, "help
this fallen world stand up again".
So, Lord, we offer ourselves, our energies, the
resources associated with more comfort-able lives
than many enjoy. Give new meaning this coming season
to our singing of, "Joy to the world".
Make us instruments of your joy and hope and peace.
Help us to be the kind of comforters the Apostle
Paul wrote about in II Corinthians 1:3-4,
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, the Father of
compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts
us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble with
the comfort we ourselves
have received from God."
Give us courage to move more directly into this
world of pain that we often see only on the evening
news. Illuminate our eyes and inflame our hearts
that we might discern ways to more effectively be
used in your service. Show us the opportunities
that must surely be sitting right in front of us.
Thank you, Lord, for being with all your children
around the world. And thank you for caring for refugees
in earlier ages, refugees such as Mary and Joseph
as they fled to Egypt and refugees like the early
Christians who were forced to disperse across the
We pray this thru Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives
and reigns in unity with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever. Amen
do not know"
I do not know
this day will bring.
A cavern dark and fearsome
looms befoe me.
Unknown passages await me.
I do not know my way
in the darkness.
Lost and afraid, I face this day.
Take my hand.
Be my light to guide my steps.
Be my strength to live this day.
Be my courage to face
Be my confidence in every
I do not ask
that You go
Rather, I pray that I will go
Nothing is too much for you.
in Your presence I am safe.
If I rise
tomorrow, may I
live that day as it comes.
And if I do not rise,
I will RISE!
By Steven Spidell, Presbyterian Outreach to Patients,
Texas Medical Center, Houston Texas
A Prayer of
One Experiencing Loss
Giver of life
Source of all that exists,
Hear my prayer of pain.
My life is in shambles.
The one I love dearly is gone.
Removed from my world,
Yanked from my heart.
Often I wonder, Lord
Am I crazy?
Am I selfish?
Am I unfaithful?
Often I question, Lord
Are you aware?
Are you responsible?
Are you there?
Yet, in the midst of dark moments
Flickers of renewed energy spark my soul.
Memories that bring tears sometimes
My broken heart remembers:
You are not a distant god but rather,
You are God - - revealed as One
acquainted with grief.
Lord, I beg for your assured presence.
For those who share my grief
And allow me to be me, I thank you.
For having my heart touched
by the love of the one now gone,
I thank you.
May your gentle arms of comfort
soothe my aching spirit.
May your name - I AM -
be victoriously proclaimed,
even in the valley of death.
Here is the prayer, written by Mother Teresa, that
every Missionary of Charity says before leaving
for his or her duties.
It is also used as the Physician's Prayer in Shishu
the children's home that Mother Teresa oversaw in
It is recommended that you say it twice a day.
Dear Lord, the Great Healer, I kneel
Since every perfect gift must come from you,
I pray, give skill to my hands, clear vision to
Kindness and meekness to my heart.
Give me singleness of purpose, strength to lift
up a part
of the burden of my suffering fellow man,
and a true realization of the privilege that is
Take from my heart all guile and worldliness,
that with a simple faith of child, I may rely on
- From "A Simple Heart," by Mother
Teresa, Ballantine Books, 1995