celtic preayers

Prayers on a Theme of The World

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Life is stressful, Father
Every second of our time
controlled precisely,
whether by work or play
'Must go there' 'Must do this'
'Must watch that'
'Must buy one of those'
'Must achieve something'
'Must be loved' 'Must feel wanted'
'Must do more' 'Must win'
'Must… must… must…'

Father, you gave us limited hours
within each day
for work and play,
and balanced them by the allocation
of night and day,
and provision of the Sabbath.
It is our choice to push the boundaries
of what you consider reasonable,
and live our lives to the limits,
become stressed,
and unwell.
Bring us back to simplicity of living, Father
when what matters is not
'must' or 'more'
but 'maybe' and 'in all good time'

Give us the time to reassess our lives
our worth, and our responsibilities
to ourselves and others

 


 

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.

 


 

Can we really move mountains
with a mustard seed of faith?
It seems rather a difficult task.
Could we maybe start with a molehill
and work our way up gradually?
But that's not the way it works, is it, Lord?
So often you challenge us
with the mountain
when we feel so unprepared
unequipped for the task.
It's then that we have to put self aside
and fear
and pride
and cling tightly to your hand.
It is only then that we really feel
the warmth of your touch the certainty of your love
the power of your presence.
It is only then
that our faith begins to grow
and we begin to see our real potential.
Thank your, Heavenly Father
for mountains
and mustard seeds

 

 


Loving God, we see all around us
the evidence of your love
and your loving provision for our needs.
And yet on our television screens
our newspapers and on the streets of our towns and cities
we see people who have so few of life's basic essentials
clean water, food and shelter.
This is wrong, we know that in our hearts.
You love all of humankind, not just the ones
that history has placed in the so-called developed world.
Loving God grant a spirit of responsibility
to those in positions of power a conscience that sees inequality
and wants to do something about it.
And Lord, include us
for we have become immune
to the suffering of others.

 


 

God of Love, God of Peace
This fractured word
Cries out in pain
Burns deep into my soul
And challenges me
To make a difference

God of Love, God of Peace
God of this world
Scarred by grief and tears
Ignorance and fear
Soften hearts of stone
And begin with mine

God of Love, God of Peace
Create within me
A heart for people
A desire for change
For new beginnings
To start this day


 

Your people
A particular people
Chosen and cherished
From the beginning of time
Lavished and loved
Sheltered and shepherded
Through sunshine and storm
Restore us O Lord
Make your face shine upon us
That we might be saved

Your children
Prodigal children
Wandering far from home
A wilderness people
Yet never forgotten
Never separated
From the warmth of your love
Restore us O Lord
Make your face shine upon us
That we might be saved