You Hear and Direct–Help Us Wait

Johannes-Mathesius[1]O God, our Father,
you graciously hear all who call on you,
and your wisdom directs your saints.
In your good time you rescue us,
even though your help
seems to be withheld for a time.
Graciously open your ears to our prayers
and lead us by your Spirit,
that without doubting
we may persevere in prayer
and await your promised help in faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Johannes Mathesius, (1504–1565)

Source of this version: Freely modified from Collects and Prayers for Use in Church,  United Lutheran Church in America, 1935, #368.

Instead of “wisdom,” Collects and Prayers had “providence.”

Instead of “and await your promised help in faith,” Collects and Prayers had “and believingly await thy promised help.”

To You, O Jesus

To you, O Jesus, I direct my eyes;
to you my hands, to you my humble knees;
to you my heart shall offer sacrifice;
to you my thoughts, who my thoughts only sees;
to you myself–myself and all I give;
to you I die; to you I only live.

Source: Sir Walter Raleigh

Source of this version: Modified from Christus redemptor: the life, character, and teachings of … Jesus Christ … from various authors, p. 263

Direct Our Actions

Almighty and eternal God,
direct our actions with what pleases you,
that in the name of your beloved Son
we may be made to abound in good works;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Gregorian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the Sunday after Christmas

Source of this version: Translation © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Direct Our Hearts

O Lord,
direct our hearts by the working of your grace,
since without you, we are not able to please you;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Gelasian Sacramentary, 8th Century, Historic Collect for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

Source of this version: Translation © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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May the Lord Direct Our Hearts

May the Lord direct our hearts,
this day and for ever,
in the love of God
and in the patient waiting for Christ.
The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Parts are from Sarum Rite (“The Lord bless us…”).

Source of this version: The gospel of the kingdom, a vade-mecum of texts and prayers of intercession, ed. Hugh Croskery, 1877

A Blessing Based on Isaiah 9

May the wisdom of the Wonderful Counselor direct you,
the strength of the Mighty God protect you,
the love of the Everlasting Father embrace you,
the peace of the Prince of Peace surround you.

Source: Unknown, possibly Celtic.

This blessing is drawn from Isaiah 9:6

For Those Who Suffer Injury by Accident

O God, our Father,
through your Son you reached out
to the sick and broken in body.
Mercifully reach those
who suffer injury of body
and anguish of mind
because of accident.*
By your Holy Spirit
direct them to pray to you
to heal their broken bodies,
so that they may also bring
their broken hearts
to be made whole by your grace
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Dr. H. D. Hoover (a minister and professor in The Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States and later in The United Lutheran Church in America, active around 1922).

Source of this version: Freely modified from Collects and Prayers for use in Church,  United Lutheran Church in America, 1935, #245

*the word accident can be replaced with something more specific if needed: violence, terrorism, etc.