My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
- Luke 1:46
A Mealtime Prayer
Blessed art thou, Lord of all Creation. Through your goodness we have these gifts for our use, the fruit of your bounty and the work of human hands. As they become part of our substance may they give you honor and glory. Amen.
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 4:6-7
The Serenity Prayer (long version) of Reinhold Niebuhr
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as he did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that he will make all things right if I surrender to his Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with him forever in the next.
…as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God’."
- Luke 3:1-6
A Prayer for God’s work in Us
Straighten me out, O Lord. When I want to make excuses, blame others, or find rationalizations for that which is less than your perfect will for my life, help me remember that you are patient, forgiving, and that the changes you invite me to make are for my own good and the sake of your work through me.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness' sake, O LORD!
- Psalms 25:7
A Children’s Mealtime Prayer
Thank you, God, for loving me.
Thank you for my family.
Help me to learn more each day
To be kind at work and play.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
- Hebrew 12:2
An Evening Prayer
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace cording to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation;
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel.
(Song of Simeon, Luke 2)