The following prayers are helpful steps for turning
over hearts and minds to the Will of God.
His Will is Your Own.
The Serenity Prayer
Expect not that the world will change.
Opt instead, to change the way that you perceive
the world, yourself and your brother.
Pray for a peaceful state of mind.
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.
*Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi*
Your will is but
Let Him work through you
What we give, we would receive.
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
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 to eternal life
The Lord's Prayer
This rendition of the Lord's
may be helpful in interpreting the meaning of the original.
Our Father, Who establishes Heaven,
All that is Real and all that is True.
Hallowed be, is Thy Presence
Let us give Reverence only to You
Thy Kingdom is here with us
and in us.
Let us be aware of it,
For it is our true home
Let us realize there is no
will apart from Yours.
None that can bring us harm or loss,
or offer us anything that You have not already established
Thank you this day for our
daily and eternal
provisions,for You sustain us perfectly always.
Thank You for Your judgment
that sees us holy and innocent
That washes us free of all we thought we were sinful for.
May we look on all others with
Your true judgment also,
Saying to them "You are Holy,
You who exists in God's Holy Mind
has no ideas of sin, you are free"
Thank you Father for leading
us to our true senses,
for delivering us from the belief...
loss of any kind or in any way could be real
and that we could reside in an unreal place,
apart from You and with any power but Yours.
For Yours is the only Kingdom,
infinite and eternal
All powerful, all Loving and Glorious
and all that is real abide in
forever and ever.
Prayer For Guidance
Surrender to God the power of
that his Holy Thoughts would be heard.
Relinquish all other interests but to be
the way he created you.
and let Him lead the way.
I give You all my thoughts today. I would have none of
mine. In place of them, give me Your Own. I give You all
my acts as well, that I may do Your Will instead of seeking
goals which cannot be obtained, and wasting time in vain
imaginings. Today I come to You. I will step back and
merely follow You. Be You the Guide, and I the follower
who questions not the wisdom of the Infinite, nor Love
whose tenderness I cannot comprehend, but which is yet
Your perfect gift to me.
Truly Helpful Prayer*
You can do much on behalf
of your own healing and that
of others if, in a situation calling for help, you think
of it this way:
I am here only to be truly helpful.
I am here to represent Him Who sent me. I do not have
to worry about what to say or what to do, because He Who
sent me will direct me. I am content to be wherever He
wishes, knowing He goes there with me. I will be healed
as I let Him teach me to heal.
A Prayer of Mother Teresa
Be a Witness for the Light of Christ
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your
fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Your spirit
and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly
that all my life may only be a radiance of Yours. Shine
through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact
with may feel Your presence in my soul. Let them look
up and see no longer me but only Jesus!
Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others; the light, O Jesus,
will be all from You; none of it will be mine: it will
be You shining on others through me. Let me thus praise
You in the way You love best: by shining on those around
me. Let me preach You without preaching, not by words,
but by my example, by the catching force, the sympathetic
influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love
my heart bears to You. Amen.
Prayer for Non-Judgment
If you are in judgment, you are
not seeing with Christ's
vision. Perception and knowledge have no meeting place.
Let your own perception be exchanged for Peace.
Father, help me to be honest
with myself today. Show me that I do not already know
what must remain beyond my present seeing, that I will
not think I understand the whole of your creation from
bits of my perception, which are all that I can see. Let
me recognize that this is so. Let me be relieved of judgments
that I cannot make, that I may free myself and what I
look upon, to be in peace as God created us. Father, today
I leave creation free to be itself. I honor all its parts,
in which I am included. We are one because each part contains
Your memory, and truth must shine in all of us as one.