Prayers

Each of these prayers come from profound experiences of prayer and so as one speaks them to God, you may find
that God is also speaking to you. Prayer is 2-way communication with God. For one, each prayer may be a starter,
for another a prayer may be repeated several times, and yet for others they may choose to respond by journaling,
writing down what God is saying to them.

1. Father and lover of life, you know the depths of my innermost self, and you understand me.
You protect me on every side, shielding me from all harm. When you put me together in my
mother’s womb, you knew all about me. I thank you for the wonder of myself, and I stand in awe
at all that you have made. As you know and love me, so may I come to know and love you more
and more. Guide me in your ways. Ps139

2. Grant us Lord, the assurance of Your Spirit's presence,
that we may joyfully obey what Jesus taught.
Help us to understand that what we do for the least of your children,
we do also for him.
Thank you for the gifts your Spirit has given to each of us.
Give us the will to serve others,
as he was the servant of all, who gave his life and died for us,
and lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen

3. Just as Mary sang, I want to praise you, Lord.
My soul is glad because of God my Saviour,
for he has remembered me, his lowly servant!
From now on all people will call me blessed,
because of the great things the Mighty God has done for me.
God is holy.
From one generation to another, he shows mercy to those who honour him.
He has stretched out his mighty arm and scattered the proud with all their plans.
He has brought down mighty rulers from their thrones, but lifted up the lowly.
He fills the hungry with good things, and sends the rich away with empty hands.
He has kept the promise he made to our ancestors, and has blessed us from generation to
generation. He has shown mercy to Abraham, and his faithfulness extends to all his
descendants forever!” Lk1

4. Jesus, my friend and my saviour,
my healer and my revealer,
my teacher and my example, may I do whatever you tell me to do.
Speak to me for I am listening.
Refresh my love for you, that I may freshen my love for others: for my family, for my friends,
for my neighbours and even for my enemies. IS 15
A Prayer at this stage of the CIOVID-19 Pandemic and of the Road Map to Recovery.

5. God who weeps with us, God who rejoices with us: as we mark the seriousness of this pandemic, and
lament the extent of our brokenness,
give us the faith to see that the power that lies beneath us and that holds us fast to you is the power of
justice.
Remind us of the presence of joy in the hearts of those who know that love and beauty and kindness will
last
when all that is empty fades away.
God of our healthy fears, God of our courage and faith: there is a strengthening pull wanting to carry us
back to what we once called normal.
But there is also cautious resistance and a reluctance to embrace all that was.
Help us in this in between.
As we venture out and relax restrictions, may we not forget the dangers, nor lose sight of what we’ve
gained in a time of self–imposed limitation.
Strengthen our patience to let this play out.
Keep us mindful of others and considerate of those who have suffered through loss of employment, viral
illness, bereavement.
We pray for the inspiration of the Spirit for those who manage our communal health and our national
economy,
and for those who have challenging decisions to make in unprecedented times.
We give thanks for the many acts of thoughtfulness, of caring, of encouragement that we have seen and
experienced.
May the lessons we carry help us pull through.
May the lessons we are learning be guided by your will, for each child of God, for each community and for
all nations.
We pray in the confidence given to us by our Lord Jesus, who went about healing all manner of sickness,
and who has liberated us through his death and resurrection,
to live in your love and with real hope,
serving sisters and brothers and serving You with our whole heart, mind and strength. Amen

6. 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;
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;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. St Francis of Assisi

7. Our Father in heaven
Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come;
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us, today, our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen. Lk1