December 8, 2021

Prayer from St. Augustine’s Prayer Book

Grant us patience, O Lord, to follow the road you have taken. Let our confidence not rest in our own understanding but in your guiding hand; let our desires not be for our own comfort, but for the joy of your kingdom; for your cross is our hope and our joy now and unto the day of eternity. Amen.

Psalm 38

  O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; *
do not punish me in your wrath.
  For your arrows have already pierced me, *
and your hand presses hard upon me.
  There is no health in my flesh, because of your indignation; *
there is no soundness in my body, because of my sin.
  For my iniquities overwhelm me; *
like a heavy burden they are too much for me to bear.
  My wounds stink and fester *
by reason of my foolishness.
  I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; *
I go about in mourning all the day long.
  My loins are filled with searing pain; *
there is no health in my body.
  I am utterly numb and crushed; *
I wail, because of the groaning of my heart.
  O Lord, you know all my desires, *
and my sighing is not hidden from you.
10   My heart is pounding, my strength has failed me, *
and the brightness of my eyes is gone from me.
11   My friends and companions draw back from my affliction; *
my neighbors stand afar off.
12   Those who seek after my life lay snares for me; *
those who strive to hurt me speak of my ruin and plot treachery all the day long.
13   But I am like the deaf who do not hear, *
like those who are mute and who do not open their mouth.
14   I have become like one who does not hear *
and from whose mouth comes no defense.
15   For in you, O LORD, have I fixed my hope; *
you will answer me, O Lord my God.
16   For I said, “Do not let them rejoice at my expense, *
those who gloat over me when my foot slips.”
17   Truly, I am on the verge of falling, *
and my pain is always with me.
18   I will confess my iniquity *
and be sorry for my sin.
19   Those who are my enemies without cause are mighty, *
and many in number are those who wrongfully hate me.
20   Those who repay evil for good slander me, *
because I follow the course that is right.
21   O LORD, do not forsake me; *
be not far from me, O my God.
22   Make haste to help me, *
O Lord of my salvation.

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