The Omnipresence of God

Eric Milner-White

Almighty and everlasting God,
your throne is eternity,
and the farthest heavens are your dwelling-place,
yet you abide in every faithful and humble heart.
Open our eyes, we pray,
that we your children
may know the things eternal
to be our inheritance,
and the lowliest place,
where you are,
to be our Father’s house;
to you be dominion and glory,
forever and ever.

Source: Modified from Eric Milner-White (1884-1963) in Daily Prayer.

Original in traditional English:

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, whose throne is eternity, and the farthest heavens thy dwelling-place, yet who abidest in every faithful and humble heart: Open our eyes, we pray thee, that we thy children may know the things eternal to be our inheritance, and the lowliest place, where thou art, to be our Father’s house; to whom be dominion and glory, world without end.

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God’s Care for Little Things

Lord of infinite greatness,
you have ordered and adorned
in equal perfection
all you have made.
You have set in glorious array
the eternal heavens,
and yet you paint the lily
that blooms for only a day.
Give us courage
to attempt great things
in your name,
and equal faithfulness
to do the small;
to your sole honor and glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Modified from Eric Milner-White (1884-1963) in Daily Prayer.

Original in traditional English:

LORD of infinite greatness, who hast ordered and adorned in equal perfection all that thou hast made; who hast set in glorious array the eternal heavens, and yet dost paint the lily that abideth but a day: Give us courage to attempt great things in thy Name, and equal faithfulness to do the small; to thy sole honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

You Created Us; Lift Our Eyes

O God,
you created man to be immortal,
and made him to be
an image of your own eternity.
Lift our eyes above earthly things,
that we may claim and  attain
our heavenly inheritance by your grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.

Source: Modified from Eric Milner-White (1884-1963) in Daily Prayer.

Original in traditional English:

O God, who hast created man to be immortal, and madest him to be an image of thine own eternity: Lift our eyes, we pray thee, above earthly things, that we may claim, and by thy grace attain, our heavenly inheritance; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This prayer recalls Ecclesiastes 3:11 and Colossians 3:2.

Accept the Praises of Your Servants

Lord God almighty and all-merciful,
whom angels and archangels,
and all the host of heaven worship,
in your loving-kindness
accept the praises of your servants,
who are not worthy to praise you,
but for your mercy’s sake;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Modified from Eric Milner-White (1884-1963) in Daily Prayer.

Original in traditional English:

Lord God Almighty and All-merciful, whom angels and archangels worship, and all the host of heaven: In thy loving-kindness accept the praises of thy servants, who are not worthy to praise thee, but for thy mercy’s sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Teach Us to Be Merciful; Help Us to Forgive

Father of all mercies,
teach us to be merciful,
as you are merciful.
Father of all forgiveness,
help us to forgive others,
as you have forgiven us;
knowing that, with the measure we use,
it will be measured to us;
for Jesus Christ’s sake.

Source: Modified from Eric Milner-White (1884-1963) in Daily Prayer.

Original in traditional English:

FATHER of all mercies, teach us to be merciful,
as thou art merciful.
Father of all forgiveness, help us to forgive others,
as thou hast forgiven us;
knowing that, with what measure we mete, it shall be measured to us again;
for Jesus Christ’s sake.

This prayer references Luke 6:36 and Matthew 7:2.

Instruct Us with Your Divine Wisdom

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O God, you are near to all
who call upon you in truth.
You yourself are the Truth,
and to know you is to have perfect knowledge.
Instruct us with your divine wisdom,
and teach us your law
that we may know the truth and walk in it;
through him in whom you have revealed your truth,
Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

Source: From Augustine of Hippo

Source of this version: Daily Prayer edited by Eric Milner-White and G. W. Briggs.

In traditional English:

O God, who art nigh to all them
that call upon thee in truth;
who art thyself the Truth,
whom to know is perfect knowledge:
Instruct us with thy divine wisdom,
and teach us thy law;
that we may know the truth and walk in it;
through him in whom the truth was made manifest,
even Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord.

For Guidance

Lord God,
you have called your servants
to ventures of which we cannot see the ending,
by paths as yet untrodden,
through perils unknown.
Give us faith to go out with good courage,
not knowing where we go,
but only that your hand is leading us
and your love supporting us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Lutheran Book of Worship, from Eric Milner-White (1884-1963) in Daily Prayer.

Original in traditional English:

O Lord God, who hast called thy servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown: Give us faith to go out with a good courage, not knowing whither we go, but only that thy hand is leading us, and thy love supporting us; to the glory of thy Name.