celtic preayers

Prayers on a Theme of Discipleship

 

 

Your light is the only light I need
as I travel through life's mystery
Your word the only voice I hear
that still small voice that leads me
to the place where I should be
Your presence is the only company I need
as I walk this narrow road
Your fellowship the warmth I crave
to help me on my way


 

Our walk with God
is never a lonely walk
it is a family occasion
if taken in the company
of God's children.
If we lag behind
there are those who will turn
and offer words of encouragement
hold out a hand and offer assistance
over stiles and other obstacles
share refreshment
help us from our knees
when we stumble.
Our walk with God
is never a lonely walk.
It is a joyful experience
as along the path others join us
attracted by the company
of God's children
singing the same songs of praise
that angels sing
following a path
worn down by tears and joy
and sacrifice
Our walk with God
is never a lonely walk
for he walks with us
on a track that leads
to a glorious
destination


 

When the going gets tough
the tough get going.
It is easy to say 'No'
to take the easy way out
easy to play safe
and live to fight another day.
Like Peter, who loved you
with such a passion, Lord
filled with such energy
so impetuous
ready to speak first
and ask questions later.
Except when asked
if he was with you, Lord
except when his faith
was seriously challenged
when the road to the cross
became dangerous.
You knew Peter
knew the calibre of the man
what would happen
before the cock crowed twice
But it didn't stop you choosing him
the rock upon which
your Church would be built.
There is comfort for us, Lord
in Peter's frailty
reassurance that your love
and confidence extends
to both strong and frail
as you look to our potential
and in your love forget
our momentary weakness

 


 

How often when weary
do we sigh 'The spirit is willing,
but the body is weak.'
How often when in prayer
are thoughts distracted by
sounds or circumstance
or prayers diverted
by trivial concerns.
Baggage carried with us
rather than left at your feet.
How often do we find ourselves
apologising to you
for our abbreviated prayer life.
And yet you draw us still
to be in your presence
as you did the disciples at Gethsemene
You want us to share in your life
to play our part.
You told your disciples to watch and pray
so that they might not fall into temptation
Do you ask the same of us
and do we also fail you
each time we whisper
'The spirit is willing,
but the body is weak.'
Grant us the strength, Lord
of body and of spirit
to offer you the sacrifice
of our lives


 

Just a mustard seed, you said
just a mustard seed of faith to remove
the mountain of doubts and difficulties
which beset our often frail existence.
We readily confess, Lord Jesus
that there are times when we reach out
seemingly in vain for that mustard seed.
And yet, if we did but think for a moment
in that very act of reaching out
we reveal the presence
of the very seed that we seek.
Lord Jesus we have faith in your power to heal
but lack the self-confidence to ask.
We have faith in your ability to mend broken hearts
but lack the experience in our own lives.
We have faith in your power to bring wholeness
into lives that are incomplete
but hesitate to trouble you with our prayers.
We are like children, Lord Jesus
standing here in awe of your power and love
afraid to ask that which we know is possible
because we are afraid
of the consequences of our asking.
Lord Jesus, accept the mustard seed
that we hold out to you, hearts outstretched.
Take it and the prayers that we offer
and grant us the grace to accept
that our prayers are heard and answered
at the moment of asking
by a God who knows our own incompleteness
and is working to make us whole

 


 

We can never match
your perfection, Lord
Try as we might
we stumble and fall
grasping for that
which we feel is
unobtainable
We are nothing
if not consistent
in our falling
from your grace
For you are perfect love
and we most certainly are not
Perfect love casts out fear
and we are fearful
fearful
of the unknown
fearful
of failure

'Son, I never ask
for the impossible
I never set a goal
that cannot be reached,
a mountain that cannot be climbed
even by those of a nervous disposition.
All I ask is that you come to me as you are
at this moment in time
and accept me as I AM.
There is no part of you
that cannot be made clean
renewed, restored.
Don't stumble
hold out your hand instead.
That's not too much to ask
is it?


 

When I talk of neighbour
I mean the family next door
whom I might or might not get on with.
When you talk of neighbour
you extend our neighbourhood
to the whole world
to all kinds of people
the old, the young
the good and the bad
those from different social
or ethnic groups.
I see them on my TV screen and just know
that I could not get on with them
if they happened to move in next door.
But then, that is your challenge to us, isn't it?
To do as you did.
To extend the hand of love
unconditionally
no strings or prejudice attached.
I can't do that Lord
it is not in my nature.
But I am convinced
that you can do it through me.


 

If we had a fraction of the faith in you that you have in us
then this world would be transformed, Lord.

If we showed a fraction of the love that you show to us
then this world would be transformed, Lord

If we possessed a fraction of the patience that you display with us
then this world would be transformed, Lord.

If we shared just a portion of the blessings that we have received from you then this world would be transformed, Lord.

If we showed as much trust in others as you have shown in us
then this world would be transformed, Lord.

If we claimed just a fraction of the power you promised to your Church then this world would be transformed, Lord.

Transform us first, Lord, that we might transform this world
through your love and your power.


 

From my comfortable armchair,
I put the world to rights
solve ancient disputes over territory
find sensible ways to bring peace and harmony
to a world desensitised to violence and hatred
settle moral and ethical dilemmas
over embryo research
bring an end to terrorism
by bringing all the parties together
to take part in a well tempered discussion.
From my comfortable armchair I control the world
through remote connection to my television screen
My condemnation of all that is wrong
and my solutions to the problems of this world
seem eminently sensible.
There must be many more like me, Lord
and yet this world is torn in pieces by division.
I am a part of that division, Lord
because my voice is only heard
within the walls of my living room.
You overturned the stalls
of the moneylenders in the temple,
shouted out your condemnation
your righteous anger.
I have my comfortable armchair.
You faced every challenge up-front
never turning away.
I have my remote control
and give myself the choice
of changing channels.
There's room for improvement in my life, Lord
before I engage with the world.

 


 

Lord God, help us to love those
whom we find it difficult to love.
Give us a heart that reaches out
to those we would otherwise ignore.
Give us the strength not to cross
on the other side of the road
but to play the part of the Samaritan.
This will not be easy, Lord.
It is not in our nature.
We spread our love thinly
among those we can relate to
those who share our values
and those who do not threaten
our comfortable lifestyle.
It's not easy, Lord
and on our own we shall fail.
But with your help all things are possible.
You led the way
and it is your example that we look to.
You turned the values of this world upside down.
Do the same with us. Lord.
Help us live the reality of your Love.

 


 

In your time, Lord, in your time
Take the imperfect that is me
and create
the person that I could be
In your time, Lord, in your time


 

This world I live in
this town I live in
this street I live in
this house I live in
may each be the focus of my prayer
Those I live with
those I rub shoulders with
those I work with
those I don't get on with
may each be the focus of my prayer
Those who laugh
those who cry
those who hurt
those who hide
may each be the focus of my prayer
Prayers centred less on self
and more on others
less on my circumstances
more on the needs of others.
May my life be likewise centred
less on self and more on You
and through You to the world
in which I live and move.


 

Within the circle of my family and friends
May I be a source of peace
a hand to hold
accessible
generous
loving
A blessing

Within the circle of my acquaintances
May I be a steady rock
a ready shoulder
dependable
trustworthy
caring
A blessing

Within the circle of my community
May I be a light that shines
a love that flows
discernible
accessible
healing
A blessing

 


 

The true adventurer
is willing to walk
through sunshine or rain,
when the going is good,
or ground slips away
from beneath their feet.

The true adventurer
delights in the glory
of each mountain peak
yet does not fear
the danger of forest
or swift flowing stream.

The true adventurer
listens to the words
of one who knows the way
intimately, having
already walked
the path they travel on.

 


 

Today
and all days
embrace us in a love that knows no end.
Today
and all days
fill us with a power that overcomes.
Today
and all days
encourage us with a word that nourishes.
Today
and all days
inspire us with a hope that sustains.
Today
and all days
comfort us with a peace that endures.
Today
and all days
bring wholeness of body, mind and spirit
Today
and all days

 


 

I will not stumble
for your hand will guide
and in your footsteps I will tread.
I will not grow weary
for your spirit sustains
and my soul shall be renewed.
I will not be weak
for your truth strengthens
and no evil shall defeat me.
From the depths of the earth
I shall soar upward
on wings like eagles,
spread the news
throughout the world,
run the race
against all odds,
and shall prevail.

 


 

In times of weakness
and hour of need,
yours is the strength
by which we carry on,
the shoulder
we rest our head upon.

When our load is heavy
and too much to bear,
yours are the arms
stretched out to help us
the grace
that we depend on.

In times of weakness
and hour of need,
your voice is heard;
‘Come… find rest.’



 

We want for nothing
if we journey with our God,
his footsteps leading,
his hand to steady
if we should fall.

We want for nothing
if we listen to our God,
his gentle whisper
breaking through
the storms of life.

We want for nothing
if we rely upon our God,
his grace enough
to bring healing
into broken lives.

We want for nothing
in the service of our God,
in blessing others
through our lives
so we are blessed.

We want for nothing
in the worship of our God,
his Holy Spirit
the comforter
will satisfy our souls.