Reveal Yourself by the Still Small Voice

We do not pray,
O Lord our God,
for you to reveal yourself
in outward signs and mighty works,
but in the quiet solitude of our inmost hearts;
not by the thunder and the lightning,
but by the still small voice;
and when you speak,
give your servants
ears to hear,
and hearts to obey;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

Original in traditional English:

We pray not, O Lord our God, that thou shouldest reveal thyself by outward signs of mighty works, but in the quiet solitude of our inmost heart; not by the thunder and the lightning, but by the still small voice; and when thou speakest, give, we beseech thee, to thy servants the hearing ear, and a heart to obey; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This prayer recalls the account of Elijah and the still, small voice in 1 Kings 19.

 

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Teach Us Your Will

Lord God Almighty,
your eternal counsel orders all things,
and you have ordained your gracious purposes
for the lives of everyone.
Teach us to understand,
and with glad heart to obey,
your will for us;
knowing that without you
there can be no eternal success,
and with you no failure;
for your name’s sake.

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

Original in traditional English:

Lord God Almighty, whose eternal counsel ordereth all things, who hast ordained thy gracious purposes in the life of every man: Teach us to understand, and with glad heart to obey, thy will concerning us; knowing that without thee there can be at the last no success, and with thee no failure; for thy Name’s sake.

God’s Sovereign Purpose

Almighty God,
no one can nullify
your sovereign purpose.
Give us faith
to stand calm and undismayed
amid the tumults of the world,
knowing that your kingdom still comes
and your will still is done,
to the eternal glory of your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

Original in traditional English:

Almighty God, whose sovereign purpose none can make void: Give us faith to stand calm and undismayed amid the tumults of the world, knowing that thy kingdom shall come and thy will be done, to the eternal glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(The contemporary version interprets “shall” as expressing a present progressive tense rather than a future because of its closeness to “thy will be done.”)

May We See Things Eternal in Heaven

Eric Milner-WhiteAlmighty God, our heavenly Father,
you created us to be immortal,
and you made us an image of your own eternity.
Lift our eyes above the narrow horizons of this present world,
that we may see the things eternal in the heavens,
where you have laid up for us an inheritance
that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

Original in traditional English:

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who hast created us to be immortal, and hast made us an image of thine own eternity: Lift our eyes, we pray thee, above the narrow horizons of this present world, that we may behold the things eternal in the heavens, wherein is laid up for us an inheritance that fadeth not away; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This prayer recalls Colossians 3:2 and 1 Peter 1:4.

May We Live with You and in You

Eric Milner-WhiteO God,
you are from everlasting to everlasting,
and with you a thousand years are but as yesterday.
Hallow the life you have given to us,
that, living with you in this passing world,
we may live with you, and in you,
to all eternity;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

Original in traditional English:

O God, who art from everlasting to everlasting, with whom a thousand years are but as yesterday: Hallow the life which thou hast given to us; that, living with thee in this passing world, we may live with thee, and in thee, to all eternity; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Beginning and the End

O Lord, the First and the Last,
the Beginning and the End,
you were with us in our birth,
be with us through our life.
You are with us through our life,
be with us at our death.
Because your mercy will not leave us then,
grant that we do not die,
but rise to the life everlasting
with you and in you;
who lives and reigns
in the glory of the eternal Trinity,
one God, now and forever.

Source:  Eric Milner-White (1884-1963) in A Cambridge Bede Book1936

O Lord, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, who wast with us in our birth, be with us through our life; thou who art with us through our life, be with us at our death; and because thy mercy will not leave us then, grant that we die not, but rise to the life everlasting with thee and in thee; who livest and reignest in the glory of the eternal Trinity, one God, world without end.

You Have Put Eternity into Our Hearts

Eric Milner-WhiteO God,
the living God,
you have put your own eternity in our hearts,
and have made us to hunger and thirst for you.
Satisfy the instincts you implanted in us,
that we may find you in life,
and life in you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

Original in traditional English:

O God, the living God, who hast put thine own eternity in our hearts, and hast made us to hunger and thirst after thee: Satisfy, we pray thee, the instincts which thou hast implanted in us, that we may find thee in life, and life in thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

“You have put your own eternity into our hearts…” is a reference to Ecclesiastes 3:11.

“[You] have made us to hunger and thirst for you…” is a reference to Psalm 42:2 and John 6:35.