PRAYERS TO SHARE
“Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers
but for powers equal to your tasks”.
– Rev John Flynn, Presbyterian Minister who established
the Australian Inland Mission and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The “Five Finger Prayer”
The “Five Finger Prayer” is attributed to Pope Francis when he was Archbishop of Argentina. It. is a lovely tool for teaching prayer to younger disciples and a reminder of the different focuses of prayer for older disciples.
1. The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a “sweet obligation.”
2. The next finger is the index finger. Pray for those who “point the way” – who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers.
3. The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God’s guidance.
4. The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even though it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers.
5. And finally, we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.
Rev Lindsay Cullen – Assembly National Consultant
We thank you for your church, founded upon your Word, that challenges us to do more than sing and pray, but go out and work as though the very answer to our prayers depended on us and not upon you.
Help us to realize that humanity was created to shine like the stars and live on through all eternity.
Keep us, we pray, in perfect peace.
Help us to walk together, pray together, sing together, and live together until that day when all God’s children — Black, White, Red, Brown and Yellow — will rejoice in one common band of humanity in the reign of our Lord and of our God, we pray. Amen.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
A Prayer of Thanks
God, I thank You for this day of life
for eyes to see the sky
for ears to hear the birds
for feet to walk amidst the trees
for hands to pick the flowers from the earth
for a sense of smell to breathe in the sweet perfumes of nature
for a mind to think about and appreciate the magic of everyday miracles
for a spirit to swell in joy at Your mighty presence everywhere.
Marian Wright Edelman (American lawyer and advocate for the disadvantaged)
A Prayer to Share
We thank you, gracious God,
that though in this world
we are forced to compete
with each other
for many things,
it is never so
for your love
Rev. Bruce D. Prewer (1931-2018)
Brief Prayer for Australians, 1992
A Special Prayer
Thanks be to you our Lord Jesus Christ
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly
day by day.
Attributed to Saint Richard
A Prayer for Winter
I choose to trust that there will be a spring for every winter,
a hope for every despair.
Give me grace to see every winter through the eyes of hope.
Give me a heart that rejoices in the delights and sorrows of each passing year,
a heart that grows warmer with each winter it endures
Teach me to believe in spring.
A Prayer of Thanksgiving
Lord, thank you for walking with us through the seasons of our lives.
For the Winter, when we are held safe in your arms through the darkness.
For the hope of Spring, as we are filled with new promise and life.
For Summer time, full of warmth and colour.
And for Autumn days as leaves fall to seed new growth.
You are always with us. Amen.
A Thanksgiving Prayer
O Heavenly Father:
We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank Thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service, that Thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.
I asked and God gave:
I asked for strength that I might achieve,
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of people;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I had asked for;
but everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself,
my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am truly blessed.
The Lord’s Prayer – New Zealand
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and testing, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and for ever. Amen.
A Prayer for Tolerance
Teach us, God, to treasure the differences that distinguish one person from another.
Fill us with the strength to overcome senseless fear and hatred.
Open our hearts to the radiance that shines forth from every human soul.
Inspire us to shed our apathy; remind us that it is our obligation to be responsible for one another.
Open our ears to the cries of all who are in need of our assistance.
Give us the courage to combat prejudice and intolerance wherever they exist.
Teach us to see each other through your eyes, God. In your eyes all people are equally loved, equally precious.
Bless us all, God, with compassion, with kindness, and with peace.
Rabbi Naomi Levy
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith, Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, not so much to be understood as to understand, not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.
St Francis of Assisi
A prayer by Lynn Robinson, from her book “Real Prosperity”
I surrender my financial affairs and concerns about money to your Divine care and love. I ask that you remove my worries, anxieties, and fears about money, and replace them with faith.
I know and trust that my debts will be paid and money will flow into my life. I have only to look to nature to see proof of the abundance you provide.
I release all negative thoughts about money, and know that prosperity is my true state. I commit to being grateful for all that I now have in my life. I learn to manage my finances wisely, seeking help where needed.
And finally, I ask you to help me understand my purpose in life and to act on that purpose with courage and strength. I know that prosperity will come, in part, by doing work I love. Please help me use my skills and knowledge to be of service in the world.
Thank you, God. Amen.