Selected Prayers

Fisherman's Prayer

Author Unknown

God grant that I may live to fish, until my dying day, And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray, When in the Lord's safe landing net, I'm peacefully asleep, That in his mercy I be judged, As big enough to keep.

Prayer at the Death of Loved One by Edward Hay

Help us, Compassionate God, to let Your ancient and eternal song of death and life be played out in each of us, as we live out our faith that death is but a doorway that opens unto a greater and fuller expression of life, that opens to a final union with You who are life! Blessed are You, Lord of Life, who alone knows the hour of our death and ultimate union with You. Blessed are You, Lord our God, whose messenger is death.

The Twenty Third Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want.He maketh me to lie down in green Pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters.He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake,Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me, thy rod and staff they comfort me.Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Hindu Prayer at Cremation (Addressed to the dead person)

Let your eye go to the Sun; your life to the wind; by the meritorious acts that you have done, go to heaven, and then [for rebirth] to the earth again; or, resort to the Waters, if you feel at home there; remain in the herbs with the bodies you propose to take.

Rig-Veda X, 16,3

Prayer At Time Of Adversity   An Inuit Indian Prayer

I think over again my small adventures. My fears, Those small ones that seemed so big, For all the vital things I had to get and reach. And yet there is only one great thing, The only thing, To live to see the great day that dawns And the light that fills the world.

Islam: Verse of the Throne

The Koran refers to God as Rabb al-Alameen, the Lord of all creation (literally "the worlds"). The whole of the cosmos, nature as well as humanity, is created and sustained by God. This notion of God's sovereignty is expressed in the following "verse of the Throne":

Allah, there is no God but He, the Living, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep seizes Him. To Him belongs what is in the heavens and in the earth. Who can intercede with Him, except by His permission? He knows what lies before them and after them and they know nothing of his knowledge, save such as He wills. His throne encompasses the heavens and the earth and He never wearies of preserving them. He is Sublime, the Exalted.

Prayer When Your Are Depressed By: Dr. Walter L. Weston

God, life seems so bleak and useless right now. I don't have any energy. I have no ambition to do much of anything. I am really feeling down. I feel "down on" myself and "down on" everyone around me. Even as I pray, I don't sense your presence. I am going through the motions, knowing that you are still with me.

I know that I am sacred and precious but they are just words right now. I know that my life has been worthwhile, full of many wonderful people and experiences, much happiness and joy. I feel little of this right now. God, all I can do is affirm the goodness of life and try to hold on until the darkness is replaced by your light and love.

Help me to spot the lies that my depressed emotions are telling me. Life is good. I am good. You are good. Grant me hope. My loved ones love me. Life will be beautiful again. Soon, I will see the beauty around me again. Soon, I will again know vitality and purpose, happiness and love. Until then, give me the strength and hope to survive this day.

Help me to smile and laugh, even if just for a moment. Be my strength and salvation. I ask you to restore me and make me whole. Fill me with the Word and the Spirit that I might be recreated anew. I praise and thank you. Amen.

The Mozarabic Prayer Ancient Spanish Liturgy 

Jesus, our Master, meet us while we walk in the way, and long to reach the heavenly country; so that, following your light we may keep the way of righteousness, and never wander away into the darkness of this world's night, while you, who are the Way, the Truth, and the Life, are shining within us; for your own name's sake.

In You We Put Our Trust Prophet Mohammed 570-632, Founder of Islam

Lord, in you we put our trust. To you we turn in times of need. To you we shall go at the moment of death. Do not allow us to be deceived and misled by the designs of those whose hearts are evil. Forgive us for the evil in our own hearts. You alone are mighty; you alone are wise.

The Infinity Of God  From Bhagavad Gita

I see you in all things, O my God. Infinity itself is your creation. And all around are the signs of your infinity: the bursting life of countless plants; the unending song of innumerable birds; the tireless movement of animals and insects.

Nowhere can I see a beginning or an end of your creation.

I see the infinite beauty which infuses the entire universe. You are the king of the universe, and its beauty is your crown and sceptre. I bow down in homage and adoration.

You are immortal, imperishable, the summit of all knowledge, the power behind all movement. You designed all things, and set them in motion.

The sun is your eye during the day, and the moon your eye at night. The wind is your breath, and the fertile brown earth is your heart.

By your power all things are created, and by your power they are destroyed. Birth and death are in your hands. I tremble with awe and wonder when I contemplate your power.

As the waters of a river flow to the sea, the path determined by the line of the valley, so we pass through life to death, our destiny mapped out by your will.

Lord, reveal yourself to me. Show me that love, not hatred, inspires your creation. Show me that mercy, not anger, guides my life. I do not ask to understand the mystery of your works; I want only to be assured of your goodness.

Comfort Prayer By Thomas Moore 

Your rod and your staff-they comfort me.  Psalm 23:4

Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish, come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.  Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish:  Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying, hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!  Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,  "Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure."

Here see the Bread of Life; see waters flowing  forth from the throne of God, pure from above.  Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing  Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.

Prayer for Friends by Jo Ramming 

God still sits on the throne. Each of you is going through a tough time right now, but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the faith.

This prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let's continue to pray for one another.

Here is the prayer:

Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and buddies. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power.

Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment.

Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy.

Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace.

Bless their homes, family, finances, their goings and their comings.

In Jesus' precious name.

Baha Prayer for the Departed By Baha'd'ullah 

Glory be to Thee, O Lord my God! Abase not him whom Thou hast exalted through the power of Thine everlasting sovereignty, and remove not far from Thee him whom Thou hast caused to enter the tabernacle of Thine eternity. Wilt Thou cast away, O my God, him whom Thou hast overshadowed with Thy Lordship, and wilt Thou turn away from Thee, O my Desire, him to whom Thou hast been a refuge? Canst Thou de- grade him whom Thou hast uplifted, or forget him whom Thou didst enable to remember Thee?

Glorified, immensely glorified art Thou! Thou art He Who from everlasting hath been the King of the entire creation and its Prime Mover, and Thou wilt to everlasting remain the Lord of all created things and their Ordainer. Glorified art Thou, O my God! if Thou ceasest to be merciful unto Thy servants, who, then, will show mercy unto them; and if Thou refusest to succor Thy loved ones, who is there that can succor them?

Glorified, immeasurable glorified art Thou! Thou art adored in Thy truth, and Thee do we all, verily, worship; and Thou art manifest in Thy justice, and to Thee do we all, verily, bear wit- ness. Thou art, in truth, beloved in Thy grace. No God is there but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting. 

It is only by dying with you that we can rise with You A Prayer by Mother Teresa

Lord, help us to see in your crucifixion and resurrection an example of how to endure and seemingly to die in the agony and conflict of daily life, so that we may live more fully and creatively. You accepted patiently and humbly the rebuffs of human life, as well as the tortures of your crucifixion and passion. Help us to accept the pains and conflicts that come to us each day as opportunities to grow as people and become more like you. Enable us to go through them patiently and bravely, trusting that you will support us. Make us realize that it is only by frequent deaths of ourselves and our self- centered desires that we can come to live more fully; for it is only by dying with you that we can rise with you.

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