For those in Affliction

Almighty and eternal God,
you are the comfort of the sorrowful
and the strength of the weak.
Graciously hear the prayers of those
who call out to you in any trouble or distress,
that in all their needs
they may receive your abundant help
and know your immeasurable comfort;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Modified from Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, Board of Publication of the United Lutheran Church in America, Philadelphia, 1919, p. 223 #62

 

My Heart Rests in You

220px-sandro_botticelli_050Almighty God,
you care for me as if you thought of me alone,
and you care for all as if all were one.
I see the things of this earth pass away,
and I see other things take their place,
but you remain forever.
Therefore, my God and Father,
to you I entrust all I have received from you,
for then, I can lose nothing.
You, O Lord,
have made me for yourself,
and my heart can find no rest
until it rests in you.
Amen.

Source: Augustine

Source of this version: Freely modified The Hymnal and Order of Service, The Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod, 1925, p. 680 #3

See also “Prayer and Motto of St. Augustine”

Note: Many published prayers attributed to Augustine contain some form of the words “our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

Graphic by Sandro Botticeli from Wikipedia.com.

For Those in Authority

O merciful Father in heaven,
all rule and authority in the kingdoms of the world comes from you
and you hold in your hand all the might of humanity.
You have instituted the governing authorities that exist
for the punishment of those who do wrong
and for the approval of those who do good.

Look on your servants,
the President of the United States,
the governor of this state,
our judges and officials,
and all the rulers of the earth.
May all who have authority
work as your servants
and use their authority according to your will and command.
Enlighten and defend them by your name, O God.
Give them wisdom and understanding,
that under their peaceful governing
your people may be guarded and directed
in righteousness, quietness and unity.
God of our salvation, protect and prolong their lives,
that we, with them, may declare the praise of your name;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Modified from Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, Board of Publication of the United Lutheran Church in America, Philadelphia, 1919, p. 226 #74

Also in The Lutheran Hymnal, Concordia, St. Louis, 1941, p. 104 #25

This prayer has several references to Romans 13:1-7.

“Under their peaceful governing… …righteousness, quietness, and unity” is a reference to 1 Timothy 2:2

 

For our Nation

O God,
you led our forefathers to this land
where they found refuge from oppression
and freedom to worship you.
Always guide our nation in the way of your truth and peace,
so that we enjoy the blessing you have promised
to the people whose God is the Lord;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Modified from Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, Board of Publication of the United Lutheran Church in America, Philadelphia, 1919, p. 2256 #73

“so that we may never fail in the blessing…” is a reference to Psalm 33:12

Original in traditional English:

O GOD, Who by Thy Providence didst lead our forefathers to this land wherein they found refuge from oppression and freedom to worship Thee: We beseech Thee, ever to guide our Nation in the way of Thy truth and peace, so that we may never fail in the blessing which Thou hast promised to that people whose God is the Lord; through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

I Come to You at Your Holy Table

800px-lucas_cranach_d-c384-_-_martin_luther2c_1528_28veste_coburg29_28cropped29Dear God and Father,
it is altogether true
that I am not worthy
that you should come under my roof,
but at your own command and invitation
I come to you at your holy table.
I fully and firmly believe
that you have mercifully forgiven my sins.
Preserve me in faith
and in unbroken communion with you.
I do not doubt your word of power.
You have fulfilled it in me,
a poor wretched sinner,
to your glory.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther

Source of this version: Freely modified The Hymnal and Order of Service, The Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod, 1925, p. 682 #1

This prayer is similar to prayer 158 in Luther’s Prayers, Augsburg Publishing House, © 1967

This prayer paraphrases Matthew 8:8 and is similar to a prayer in the Latin Mass, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” See this article in America: National Catholic Review about the return of the prayer  in the most recent revision of the Mass.

See also “Say the Word and I Shall Be Healed” by Wilhelm Löhe.

Mozarabic Evening Prayer and Blessing

antifonariodelec3b3n1May the Lord hear us and bless us.
May he save us from our spiritual enemy
and from all that is evil,
and keep us under the shadow of his wings,
this night, and forevermore;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

In the name of Jesus + Christ our Lord,
let us have quiet sleep this night,
and rest in peace.
Amen.

Source: from Mozarabic Evening Prayer from  Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Hale, New York, 1881, p. 61

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.

A Prayer for Help in Troubles

antifonariodelec3b3n1O Lord, you have preserved us during the labors of the day.
Guard us through the dangers of the night.
Let your Holy Spirit watch over us,
and be our defense, now and forever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: from Mozarabic Evening Prayer from  Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Hale, New York, 1881, p. 61

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.