Casting All Anxieties on Him

800px-lucas_cranach_d-c384-_-_martin_luther2c_1528_28veste_coburg29_28cropped29Luther’s Prayer based on the Scripture passage: “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Heavenly Father,
you are indeed my Lord and God!
You made me out of nothing and redeemed me through your Son.
You have commanded and appointed me to perform my duties and labors,
which I, however, cannot accomplish as I desire,
and there are many troubles that frighten and oppress me,
so that I am, as to my own power,
without help and consolation;
therefore I commend all things into your hands,
Help and console me, and be my all in all.
Amen.

Source: attributed to Martin Luther, printed in The Little Treasure of PrayersColumbus OH, Lutheran Book Concern, 1888  [Die Gebete Luthers, #507]

Original in German:

Himlischer Vatter, du bist je mein Herr und Gott, der mich geschaffen hat, da ich nichts war, dazu mich erlöset hast durch deinen Son; nu hastu mir dises ampt befehlen und aufferlegt, da geht es nit, wie ich will, und ist so vil, das mich trucket und ängstet, da ich bei mir selbst weder raht noch hilff finde, darumb laß ich dir auch solches befohlen sein. Gib du rath und hilff und sei selbst alles inn disen sachen.

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A Short Grace

Dearest God, for food and rest
Accept our praise. Your name be blessed.
Amen.

Source: Unknown

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Morning and Evening Prayers for All Days of the Week  by Dr. John Habermann, Wartburg Publishing House, Chicago, 1918

Original:

Dearest God, for meat and drink
Accept our praise. Thy Name be blessed.
Amen.

(This prayer is not in the original German edition of Habermann’s Gebetbuch.)

A Short Grace

Jesus, bless what you have given,
Feed our souls with bread from heaven;
Guide and lead us all the way,
In all that we may do and say.
Amen.

Source: Unknown

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Morning and Evening Prayers for All Days of the Week  by Dr. John Habermann, Wartburg Publishing House, Chicago, 1918

(This prayer is not in the original German edition of Habermann’s Gebetbuch.)

A Short Grace

Heavenly Father, bless this food,
To your glory and our good.
Amen.

Source: Unknown

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Morning and Evening Prayers for All Days of the Week  by Dr. John Habermann, Wartburg Publishing House, Chicago, 1918

(This prayer is not in the original German edition of Habermann’s Gebetbuch.)

Draw Our Hearts to You

Almighty and eternal God,
so draw our hearts to you,
so guide our minds,
so fill our imaginations,
so control our wills,
that we may be wholly yours,
utterly dedicated to you;
and then use us, we pray,
as you will,
and always to your glory and the welfare of your people;
through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Source: Book of Common Prayer, 1979. p. 832-833, also credited to William Temple

Source of this version: http://ststephensor.org/serarchiv/ser061126.htm

“Draw our hearts to you” may be a reference to Song of Songs 1:4

Be the Goal of My Pilgrimage

220px-sandro_botticelli_050Father,
you are full of compassion,
I commit and commend myself to you,
in whom I am and live and know.
Be the Goal of my pilgrimage,
and my Rest by the way.
Let my soul take refuge
from the crowding turmoil of worldly thoughts
beneath the shadow of your wings;
let my heart,
this sea of restless waves,
find peace in you O God.
Amen.

Source: Augustine of Hippo

Source of this version: https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/blog/holy-interruptions

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Graphic by Sandro Botticeli from Wikipedia.com.

Cleanse and Renew My Heart

O my Lord,
give me that purity of conscience
which alone can receive your inspirations.
My ears are dull,
so that I cannot hear your voice.
My eyes are dim,
so that I cannot see your presence.
You alone can quicken my hearing,
and purge my sight,
and cleanse and renew my heart.
Teach me, like Mary,
to sit at your feet,
and to hear your Word

Source: John Henry Newman

Source of this version: Modified from https://pollypilgrim.wordpress.com/prayer-page/a-prayer-from-john-henry-newman/

Also found in context here:  http://www.newmanreader.org/works/meditations/meditations11.html