December 5, 2022

A Prayer for Today

O God:
Give me strength to live another day;
Let me not turn coward before its difficulties or prove recreant to its duties;
Let me not lose faith in other people;
Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, or meanness;
Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them;
Help me to keep my heart clean, and to live so honestly and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten me or take away the joy of conscious integrity;
Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things;
Grant me this day some new vision of thy truth;
Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness;
and make me the cup of strength to suffering souls;
in the name of the strong Deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Psalm 25

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
my God, I put my trust in you; *
let me not be humiliated,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
Show me your ways, O Lord, *
and teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
for you are the God of my salvation;
in you have I trusted all the day long.
Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *
for they are from everlasting.
Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
remember me according to your love
and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.
Gracious and upright is the Lord; *
therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
He guides the humble in doing right *
and teaches his way to the lowly.
All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness *
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
For your Name’s sake, O Lord, *
forgive my sin, for it is great.
Who are they who fear the Lord? *
he will teach them the way that they should choose.
They shall dwell in prosperity, *
and their offspring shall inherit the land.
The Lord is a friend to those who fear him *
and will show them his covenant.
My eyes are ever looking to the Lord, *
for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
Turn to me and have pity on me, *
for I am left alone and in misery.
The sorrows of my heart have increased; *
bring me out of my troubles.
Look upon my adversity and misery *
and forgive me all my sin.
Look upon my enemies, for they are many, *
and they bear a violent hatred against me.
Protect my life and deliver me; *
let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, *
for my hope has been in you.
Deliver Israel, O God, *
out of all his troubles.

Image: Jacky Winter – Glen Davis.jpg Jacky winter (Microeca fascinans), Glen Davis, New South Wales, Australia JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0

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