Brentor Church
St Michael de Rupe and Christ Church, Brent Tor

Help and Inspirations for Prayer 

Prayer is talking to God - you don't need to use long or special words (unless you want to). God will know what you mean, whatever you say! Just talk to Him and let Him talk to you in the depths of your heart. 

Prayer can change the world - but even more amazingly, it changes us.

Below are a selection of prayers that you may find helpful.

Be still and know that I am God.

(Psalm 46.10)

 

Let the peace of this place

surround you as you pray.

Let the hurry and worry of life

 fall away from you.

You are God’s child:

 He loves you and cares for you.

 He is here with you now and always.

Speak to him thoughtfully

 and allow him to speak to you. Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.


Wait patiently for the Lord.

(Psalm 27.17)

 

For Guidance

 

Father, I need help now

with the way ahead with my life;

I am hesitant and uncertain,

but will you, O God,

watch over each step of mine

 and guide me. Amen.

 

Lord Jesus, take me this day and use me.

Take my lips and speak through them.

Take my mind and think through it.

Take my will and act through it,

and fill my heart with love for you. Amen.

(Favourite Prayers)

 

Seeking God’s Forgiveness

 

Merciful Father,

you care for each of us and for our happiness

and when we turn from you and hurt one another your heart is grieved.

For my lack of understanding

and for bitterness I often feel;

For my forgetfulness and neglect of others

and for the suffering I cause;

For my failure to pardon;

I seek your pardon.

I thank you for the assurance

you have given in Jesus

that you accept me as I am

and are ready to forgive me.

Fulfil that promise now,

that I may be released from past failure

and may venture a new beginning

through Jesus Christ. Amen.


I lift up my eyes to the hills.

(Psalm 121.1)

 

For those suffering or troubled

 

This is my prayer to thee, my Lord:

Give me the strength

 lightly to bear my joys and sorrows.

Give me the strength

to make my love fruitful in service.

Give me the strength

never to disown the poor

or bend my knees before insolent might.

Give me the strength

to raise my mind high above daily trifles.

And give me the strength

to surrender my strength to thy will with love.

(Rabindranath Tagore)

 

For Family

 

Father, from whom every family

 receives its true name,

I pray for all members of my family;

for those who are growing up,

that they may increase in wisdom and love;

for those facing changes,

that they may meet them with hope;

for those who are weak,

that they may find strength;

for those with heavy burdens,

that they may carry them lightly;

for those who are old and frail,

that they may grow in faith.

(More Everyday Prayers)


For Peace and Justice

 

Hear my prayer, O Lord,

for my many brothers and sisters in other lands

 who are under the shadow of poverty and hunger;

for all who have to live with injustice

 and for those who have been broken

 and disabled by war.

Grant that those who are called to leadership among the nations may never cease

 in their attempts to find peace;

and enable me to play my part

in working for justice and righteousness. Amen.

 

For those who mourn

 

Lord Jesus help me as I mourn,

comfort me with the knowledge of your love which is stronger than death.

Enable me to trust you for the future

of my loved ones and myself.

Help me to cast all my care on you,

knowing that the grave holds no power

over those who trust in you. Amen.

 

For those who have died

 

Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening

 into the house and gate of heaven

 to enter into that gate and dwell in that house

where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling,

but one equal light;

no noise nor silence, but one equal music;

no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession;

no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity;

in the habitations of thy glory and dominion, world without end. Amen.

(John Donne)


Perseverance

 

Lord God, when you call your servants

to endeavour any great matter,

grant us also to know

 that it is not the beginning,

but the continuing of the same,

until it be thoroughly finished,

which yields the true glory;

through him who, for the finishing of your work,

laid down his life for us,

our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen

(Sir Francis Drake)

 

Before I go

 

Eternal God and Father,

Help me to entrust the past to your mercy,

the present to your love

and the future to your wisdom.

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord

 who is the same yesterday and today,

 and forever. Amen.

(Source unknown)

 

All shall be well

 

All shall be well,

and all shall be well,

and all manner of things shall be well

(Julian of Norwich)


God bless you, and all whom you love, now and forever.

Amen.