Breathe in Me

220px-sandro_botticelli_050Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,
that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,
that I always may be holy.
Amen.

Source: St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430

Source of this version: https://prayerandverse.com/2016/05/17/make-me-holy/#more-2147

Also found here: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/prayers/view.cfm?id=1116

Graphic by Sandro Botticeli from Wikipedia.com.

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The Full Armor of God

Give to us, O God,
the girdle,
the helmet,
the breastplate,
the shield,
the sandals,
the sword—
and above all things, prayer.
Grant to us the power and opportunity of well-doing,
that before the day of our departure comes,
our efforts may have produced good fruit.
Allow us to behold your presence in righteousness
and be fulfilled with your glory,
for Christ’s sake.
Amen.

Source: Lancelot Andrewes

Source of this version: https://prayerandverse.com/2016/05/26/give-to-us-o-god/

Also found here: The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (December 3)

Prayer is based on Ephesians 6:13-18.

Strength and Grace in Adversity

girolamo_savonarolaLord, I pray not for tranquility,
nor that my tribulations may cease;
I pray for your spirit and your love,
that you grant me strength
and grace to overcome adversity;
through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Source: Girolamo Savonarola

Source of this version: Modified from https://www.hymnary.org/hymn/UMH/531

Also found here: The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (November 2)

Holy Spirit, Illumine and Preserve Me

0940_Cranach_nR 001Almighty and Holy Spirit,
the comforter, pure, living, true—
illumine, govern, sanctify me,
and confirm my heart and mind in the faith,
and in all genuine consolation;
preserve and rule over me so that,
dwelling in the house of the Lord,
all the days of my life,
I may behold the Lord and praise him with a joyful spirit,
and in union with all the heavenly church. Amen.

Source: Philip Melanchthon (in some sources, titled “Melanchthon’s Last Prayer”)

Source of this version:  http://www.lcr-yardley.org/content/adulted/Luther_theology.pdf

Also found here: The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (August 24)

Also found here: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern  by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 168 #2

Grant Me Rest in You above All

Grant me, O most sweet and loving Jesus,
to rest in you above every creature,
above all health and beauty,
above all glory and honor,
above all power and dignity,
above all joy and exultation,
above all fame and praise,
above all sweetness and consolation,
above all hope and promise,
above all desert and desire,
above all gifts and presents which you are able to bestow or infuse,
above all joy and gladness which the mind is capable of receiving and feeling;
finally, above angels and archangels,
and above all the host of heaven,
above all things visible and invisible,
and above all that falls short of yourself, O my God.

Source: Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ

Source of this version: Modified from http://tomwills.typepad.com/thenewchristianyear/thomas_kempis/

Also found here:  The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (July 20)

Thanks Leads to Praise

220px-sandro_botticelli_050O my God,
let me, with thanksgiving, remember,
and confess to  you your mercies on me.
Let my bones be drenched with your love,
and let them say to you, ‘Who is like you, O Lord?’
You have broken my bonds,
I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving.
And how you have broken them, I will declare;
and all who worship you, when they hear this, shall say,
“Blessed be the Lord, in heaven and in earth,
great and wonderful is his name.“

Source: St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430

Source of this version: Modified from http://www.ccel.org/ccel/augustine/confess.ix.i.html

Also found here: The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (July 12)

Graphic by Sandro Botticeli from Wikipedia.com.

The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6 (ESV)

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Luke 11 (ESV)

Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.

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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Source: Book of Common Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Source: Alternative Service Book 1980