Lead Us to Love You Sincerely

O Lord Jesus Christ,
by your almighty power
you opened the eyes of the blind,
and showed yourself to them.
Turn our eyes away from worthless things,
and lead us to love you sincerely;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 22 #3 (Lent 3)

“you opened the eyes of the blind” is a reference to  Mark 8:23John 9:17ff,

“Turn our eyes away from worthless things” is a reference to  Psalm 119:37

Open and Enlighten Our Minds

Lucas_Cranach_(I)_-_Johannes_Bugenhagen[1].jpgAlmighty and eternal God,
Lord, heavenly Father,
your Word is a lamp to our feet
and a light for our path,
open and enlighten our minds
that we may understand your
pure, clear and holy Word,
and then, rightly understanding your Word,
live our lives that we may never displease your majesty;
through Jesus Christ, your Son,
our dear Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God in eternity.
Amen.

Source: Johannes Bugenhagen, 1485-1558

Source of this version: Translated for A Collection of Prayers. German source: Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s, ….Evangelischer Bücher-Verein, 1866, #34.

“Sprechend: Vater u. s. w. indicates that this prayer would be followed by the Lord’s Prayer.

Allmächtiger, ewiger Gott, Herr, himmlischer Vater, deß Wort eine Kerze ist unsern Füßen und ein Licht unsern Wegen, thu auf und erleuchte unser Gemüth, daß wir dein Wort rein, lauter, und heiliglich verstehen und dann nach dem, das wir recht verstanden haben, unser Leben gestalten, auf daß wir deiner Majestät nimmer mißfallen, durch Jesum Christum, deinen Sohn,  unsern lieben Herrn, der mit dir in Einigkeit des heiligen Geistes lebt und regiert, Gott in Ewigkeit, sprechend: Vater u.s. w. Johannes Bugenhagen

An Advent Prayer

Advent 3Heavenly Father,
you sent your messengers
to tell of the birth of your Son,
that people might believe in him.
Open our ears to hear your call,
to repent of our sins,
and to seek our heavenly inheritance.
May we profess Christ until we stand by his grace
before the glory of your majesty;
Grant this for the sake of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Freely modified from Mozarabic Collect for the Third Sunday in Advent, in  Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 16

“May we profess Christ… majesty” in Mozarabic Collects reads” So that we, who profess Christ, may not for our works be condemned before the glory of Thy majesty;”

You Have Made Me for the Praise of Your Name

Ever blessed Trinity,
to your mercy I commit this day
my body and soul,
together with all my ways and undertakings.
Be gracious to me,
enlarge my heart and open my lips,
that I may praise and magnify your name
which alone is holy.
And as you have made me
for the praise of your holy name,
grant that I may yield my life
in service to your honor
in humble love and fear.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Liturgy for Christian Congregations of the Lutheran FaithWilhelm Löhe, 1902, Breviary for the Use of the Pastor, Morning Prayer 1, p. 6

May We Ask for and Receive What Pleases You

O Lord,
let your merciful ears be open
to the prayers of your humble servants.
Teach us to ask for what pleases you,
that we may receive what we ask for;
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 Ninth Sunday after Trinity

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

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Prayer Reflecting on Luke 12:32-40

Gracious Father, your Son Jesus told us that you are pleased to give us your kingdom. Let your rule in our hearts transform us from people who live to serve self to obedient subjects of you, our King, ready and willing to serve.

Lord Jesus, you told us to be dressed and ready for service. Clothe us in your righteousness and in your power. Transform our wills so that we are willing, able and ready to do the tasks you have given us, and to fulfill the roles you have given us.

Holy Spirit,  with your gift of faith in the Word, promise, and command of God, you make us ready: ready to praise, ready for service, and ready for our Master’s glory. Move us to open this Word before our eyes and hear it with our ears and take it to heart so that our faith may have its food and fuel to trust and to act, to will and to do your good, gracious and perfect will.

Most Holy Trinity, we live in a world where we see self-service, self-indulgence, and anger everywhere, even within our own hearts. Remind us daily that you have called us out and set us apart to be your own to live, love, and serve as your servants and your children. Make us heralds and witnesses of your Word and instruments of your peace.

Special petitions and intercessions may be prayed here.

With your promise and with your calling, renew faith, hope and love in us. Renew our devotion and our desire to serve you as our gracious Master and King, for all kingdom, power and glory are yours, even as you have taught us to pray:

C: Our Father in heaven….

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Open Wide the Door of My Heart

The Last ChapterLord God almighty,
open wide the door of my heart
and illumine it with the grace of the Holy Spirit,
that I may seek what is pleasing to your will.
Guide my thoughts and my heart,
and lead my life in the way of your commandments,
that I may always seek to fulfill them,
and that I may grasp the eternal joys of the heavenly life;
through  Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Venerable Bede

Source of this version: Freely modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 44 #4