September 15, 2022

Prayer for Education

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom: Enlighten by your Holy Spirit those who teach and those who learn, that, rejoicing in the knowledge of your truth, they may worship you and serve you from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Psalm 71

In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; *

let me never be ashamed.
In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; *

incline your ear to me and save me.
Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; *

you are my crag and my stronghold.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, *

from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.
For you are my hope, O Lord God, *

my confidence since I was young.
I have been sustained by you ever since I was born;
from my mother’s womb you have been my strength; *

my praise shall be always of you.
I have become a portent to many; *

but you are my refuge and my strength.
Let my mouth be full of your praise *

and your glory all the day long.
Do not cast me off in my old age; *

forsake me not when my strength fails.
For my enemies are talking against me, *

and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together.
They say, “God has forsaken him;
go after him and seize him; *

because there is none who will save.”
O God, be not far from me; *

come quickly to help me, O my God.
Let those who set themselves against me be put to shame and be disgraced; *

let those who seek to do me evil be covered with scorn and reproach.
But I shall always wait in patience, *

and shall praise you more and more.
My mouth shall recount your mighty acts
and saving deeds all day long; *

though I cannot know the number of them.
I will begin with the mighty works of the Lord God; *

I will recall your righteousness, yours alone.
O God, you have taught me since I was young, *

and to this day I tell of your wonderful works.
And now that I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, *

till I make known your strength to this generation
and your power to all who are to come.
Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens; *

you have done great things;
who is like you, O God?
You have showed me great troubles and adversities, *

but you will restore my life
and bring me up again from the deep places of the earth.
You strengthen me more and more; *

you enfold and comfort me,
Therefore I will praise you upon the lyre for your faithfulness, O my God; *

I will sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.
My lips will sing with joy when I play to you, *

and so will my soul, which you have redeemed.
My tongue will proclaim your righteousness all day long, *

for they are ashamed and disgraced who sought to do me harm.

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