Why a site about prayer?

The purpose of this site is to encourage us to each go deeper in our prayer life. One way that we do that is by praying together. Another way we do that is by praying individually yet collectively on the same prayer themes. Our hope is that as we share prayers and reflect on them and pray over them at the same time in our individual lives, the Holy Spirit will speak to each of us and allow us to encourage and edify one another in prayer.

Morning Prayer Liturgy

A Liturgy for Morning Prayer
Father God, creator of heaven and earth,
God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
God of Israel,
God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
True and Living God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Have mercy and hear our prayer.

First Prayers
O Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning is now, and will be forever. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Jesus Prayer 
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.

Confession of Sin
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name.

Psalm for the Day

Gospel Reading

Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
      creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
      who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
      and born of the virgin Mary.
      He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
      was crucified, died, and was buried;
      he descended to hell.
      The third day he rose again from the dead.
      He ascended to heaven
      and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
      From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
      the holy catholic church,
      the communion of saints,
      the forgiveness of sins,
      the resurrection of the body,
      and the life everlasting. Amen.

Jesus Prayer 
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk 
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, 
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, 
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me 
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 91:1–2
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.” 

Prayer for family

Psalm 103:1–5
1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. 
Thy will be done in earth, 
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, 
But deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom, 
The power, and the glory, 
For ever and ever. 

Jesus Prayer 
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.

Lord’s Prayer (expanded)
Our Father, Holy Father, Abba Father, in the heavens.
Hallowed, Holy, Sacred be Your name.
From the rising of the sun,
to the going down of the same,
the name of the LORD is to be praised.
Holy, Holy, Holy,
is the LORD God of Hosts.
The whole earth is full of His glory.
Holy, Holy, Holy,
Is the LORD God Almighty,
Who was, and Is, and is to come.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done.
On earth as it is in heaven.
Thy Government come, 
Thy politics be done.
On earth as it is in heaven.
Thy Reign & Rule come,
Thy plans & purposes be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Thy Empire come,
Thy policy be done
I believe Heaven and earth can be one.
Give us our daily bread.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
Provide for the poor among us.
Provide for us as we seek first your Kingdom and your justice,
may all of the things that we need be provided unto us according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who have sinned against us.
Forgive us our debts, 
As we forgive our debtors.
Transform us by the Holy Spirit
into a forgiving community of forgiven sinners.
Father forgive us of our many sins.
and those who have sinned against us
(or perhaps we only perceive that they have).
We forgive them
We release them.
We assign no blame.
Lead us not into trouble, trial, tribulation, temptation,
Be mindful of our frame that we are but dust
(We can only take so much)
Lead us out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land
that flows with milk and honey,
out of the badlands into Resurrection Country.
Deliver us from evil and the evil one.
Save us from satan, the accuser and adversary
So that no weapon formed against us can prosper.
So that every tongue that rises against us in judgement, you will condemn.
So every fiery dart of the wicked one is extinguished by the shield of faith.
So that as we submit to You and resist the devil, the devil flees.
So that as we draw near to Jesus Christ, 
lifted up upon the cross,
His cross becomes for us the axis of love 
expressed in forgiveness that refounds the world. 
And the the devil who became the false ruler of the fallen world
is driven out from among us.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Petition and Intercession
(making our needs known and praying for others)

(sitting with Jesus)

Prayer to the Crucified Christ
Lord Jesus, you stretched out your arms of love upon the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your name. Amen.

The Beatitudes
Blessed are the poor in spirit, 
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Blessed are they who mourn, 
for they shall be comforted. 
Blessed are the meek, 
for they shall inherit the earth. 
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 
for they shall be satisfied. 
Blessed are the merciful, 
for they shall obtain mercy. 
Blessed are the pure of heart, 
for they shall see God. 
Blessed are the peacemakers, 
for they shall be called children of God. 
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, 
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Prayer for Peace
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer of St. Francis
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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

Prayer for the Week

Prayer for Grace
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and lovingkindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for you immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Prayer for Mercy
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Confession of the Mystery
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

Jesus Prayer 
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.

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