A Prayer of Thanksgiving and for Strength

We give you thanks, yea, more than thanks,
O Lord our God, the Father of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ,
for all your goodness at all times and in all places,
because you have shielded, rescued, helped, and guided us all the days of our lives,
and brought us to this hour,
permitting us again to stand before you in your holy place,
that we may implore forgiveness of our sins and forgiveness to all your people.

Merciful God,
grant in your goodness
that we may spend this holy day and all the time of our lives without sin,
in fullness of joy, health, safety, holiness, and reverence of you.
But all envy, all fear, all temptation, all the influence of Satan,
all the snares of wicked men, O Lord, drive away from us, and from your Church.
Bestow upon us, O Lord, what is good and right.
Whatever sin we commit in thought, word, or deed, in your goodness and mercy pardon.
Leave us not, O Lord, while we hope in you;
nor lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one and from his works,
through the grace, mercy, and love of your only-begotten Son,
through whom and with whom be glory and power to you,
in your most holy, good, and life-giving Spirit,
now, henceforth, and for evermore. Amen.

Source: The Divine Liturgy of St. Mark

Source of this version: Modified from http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0718.htm

Also quoted in The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (January 16)


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Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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