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Daily Prayer/Meditation

Discussion in 'Prayers and Meditations' started by Green Gaia, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. michel

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    I hope you won't mind my 'butting in' here Maize, I just thought this a nice prayer;​

    Oh, Great Spirit,
    whose voice I hear in the winds
    and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me.
    I am small and weak.
    I need your strength and wisdom.​
    Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes
    ever behold the red and purple sunset.
    Make my hands respect the things you have made
    and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
    Make me wise so that I may understand
    the things you have taught my people.
    Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
    in every leaf and rock.
    I seek strength, not to be superior to my brother,
    but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
    Make me always ready to come to you
    with clean hands and straight eyes,
    so when life fades, as the fading sunset,
    my spirit will come to you
    without shame.
    american indian - lakota - chief yellow lark:)
     
  2. Green Gaia

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    Prayer for Peace

    Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

    And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

    But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.

    Jewish
    The Tanakh, Micah 4:2-5
     
  3. Green Gaia

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    Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

    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.
    O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
    seek to be consoled as to console,
    not so much to be understood as to understand,
    not so much 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 awake to eternal life.

    St. Francis of Assisi
     
  4. Green Gaia

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    Let Us Live Happily

    Let us live happily, without hate amongst those who hate. Let us dwell unhating amidst hateful men.
    Let us live happily, in good health amongst those who are sick.
    Let us dwell in good health amidst ailing men.
    Let us live happily, without yearning for sensual pleasures amongst those who yearn for them.
    Let us dwell without yearning amidst those who yearn.
    Let us live happily, we who have no impediments. We shall subsist on joy even as the radiant gods.

    The Buddha
    Dhammapada 197-200
     
  5. Green Gaia

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    Prayer for Protection

    The Light of God surrounds me;
    The Love of God enfolds me;
    The Power of God protects me;
    The Presence of God watches over me;
    Wherever I am, God is,
    And all is well.

    - James Dillet Freeman
    Appropriate for many faiths
     
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    Morning Prayer

    We have awoken, and all of creation has awoken, for Allah, Lord of all the Worlds. Allah, I ask You for the best the day has to offer, victory, support, light, blessings and guidance; and I seek refuge in You from the evil in it, and the evil to come after it.

    - Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
    Muslim
     
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    Prayer for the Homeless

    O God, as Naomi and Ruth journeyed from one land to another seeking a home, we ask your blessing upon all who are homeless in this world. You promised to your chosen people a land flowing with milk and honey; so inspire us to desire the accomplishment of your will that we may work for the settlement of those who are homeless in a place of peace, protection, and nurture, flowing with opportunity, blessing, and hope. Amen.

    - Vienna Cobb Anderson
    Appropriate for many faiths
     
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    Prayer for Tisha B'av

    Thou, O HaShem, art enthroned for ever, Thy throne is from generation to generation.

    Wherefore dost Thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

    Turn Thou us unto Thee, O HaShem, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.

    Thou canst not have utterly rejected us, and be exceeding wroth against us!

    - Lamentations 5: 19-22
    Jewish
     
  9. Green Gaia

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    The Future Is Full of Promise

    The future is full of promise, Holy Mystery,
    if only because we discern your forces of evolution at work everywhere.

    Every opening daffodil, every growing child,
    every glimmer of human enlightenment, every bodily process of healing -- tells us the future is not fearsome but is full of promise.

    Your face is hidden, your name unknown:
    still we turn to you in faith and confidence.

    Creating Spirit, we hear your comforting voice
    in the steady music of the unfolding of creation.

    We give thanks to exist,
    and to be the joy of your heart.
    Amen.

    William Cleary
     
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    91st Psalm

    O thou that dwellest in the covert of the Most High, and abidest in the shadow of the Almighty;

    I will say of HaShem, who is my refuge and my fortress, my G-d, in whom I trust,

    That He will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

    He will cover thee with His pinions, and under His wings shalt thou take refuge; His truth is a shield and a buckler.

    Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flieth by day;

    Of the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor of the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

    A thousand may fall at Thy side, and ten thousand at Thy right hand; it shall not come nigh thee.

    Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold, and see the recompense of the wicked.

    For thou hast made HaShem who is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation.

    There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy tent.

    For He will give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

    They shall bear thee upon their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

    Thou shalt tread upon the lion and asp; the young lion and the serpent shalt thou trample under feet.

    'Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.

    He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him, and bring him to honour.

    With long life will I satisfy him, and make Him to behold My salvation.'

    - Psalms 91: 1-16
    Jewish, Tanakh (Jewish Publication Society, 1917)


    91st Psalm

    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    abides under the shadow of the Almighty.

    He shall say to the Lord,
    "You are my refuge and my stronghold,
    my God in whom I put my trust."

    He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter
    and from the deadly pestilence.

    He shall cover you with his pinions,
    and you shall find refuge under his wings;
    his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler.

    You shall not be afraid of any terror by night,
    nor of the arrow that flies by day;

    Of the plague that stalks in the darkness,
    nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid-day.

    A thousand shall fall at your side
    and ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it shall not come near you.

    Your eyes only have to behold
    to see the reward of the wicked.

    Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
    and the Most High your habitation,

    There shall no evil happen to you,
    neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.

    For he shall give his angels charge over you,
    to keep you in all your ways.

    They shall bear you in their hands,
    lest you dash your foot against a stone.

    You shall tread upon the lion and the adder;
    you shall trample the young lion and the serpent
    under your feet.

    Because he is bound to me in love,
    therefore will I deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my Name.

    He shall call upon me, and I will answer him;
    I am with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and bring him to honor.

    With long life will I satisfy him,
    and show him my salvation.

    - Psalms 91: 1-16
    Christian, Book of Common Prayer 1979
     
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    Prayer to Give Aid

    May I become at all times, both now and forever
    A protector for those without protection
    A guide for those who have lost their way
    A ship for those with oceans to cross
    A bridge for those with rivers to cross
    A sanctuary for those in danger
    A lamp for those without light
    A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
    And a servant to all in need.

    Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama
     
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    Prayer for Doctors and Nurses

    Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, that by their ministries the health of the community may be promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Christian
    source: Book of Common Prayer 1979
     
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    Prayer for Guidance

    Let me not wander in vain.
    Let me not labor in vain.
    Let me not mingle with the prejudiced.
    Let me not leave the company of the virtuous.
    Let me not fly into anger.
    Let me not stray off the path of goodness.
    Let me not seek for this day or for the morrow.
    Give me such a wealth, O Almighty!

    Hindu
    Pattinattar (10th century poet)
     
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    Prayer for Protection

    Blessed are thy Saints, O God and King, who have traveled over the tempestuous sea of this mortal life, and have made the harbour of peace and felicity. Watch over us who are still in our dangerous voyage; and remember such as lie exposed to the rough storms of trouble and temptations. Frail is our vessel, and the ocean is wide; but as in thy mercy thou hast set our course, so steer the vessel of our life toward the everlasting shore of peace, and bring us at length to the quiet haven of our heart's desire, where thou, O our God, are blessed, and livest and reignest for ever and ever.

    - St. Augustine
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    May All Be Filled With Joy and Peace

    May all be filled with joy and peace.
    May all beings everywhere,
    The strong and the weak,
    The great and the small,
    The meek and the powerful,
    The short and the long,
    The subtle and the gross:

    May all beings everywhere,
    Both seen and unseen,
    Dwelling far off or nearby,
    Being, or waiting to become:
    May all be filled with lasting joy.

    Let no one deceive another,
    Let no one anywhere despise another,
    Let no one out of anger or resentment
    Wish suffering to anyone at all.

    Just as a mother with her own life
    Protects her child, her only child, from hurt,
    So within yourself let grow
    A boundless love for all creatures.

    Let your love flow outward through the whole universe
    To its full height, depth, and broad extent,
    Then, as you stand or walk,
    Sit or lie down,
    As long as you are awake,
    Strive for this with a onepointed mind:
    Your life will bring heaven to earth.

    Buddhist
     
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    Prayer of Thanksgiving

    'O give thanks unto HaShem, for He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever.

    So let Israel now say, for His mercy endureth for ever,

    So let the house of Aaron now say, for His mercy endureth for ever.

    So let them now that fear HaShem say, for His mercy endureth for ever.

    Out of my straits I called upon HaShem; He answered me with great enlargement.

    - Psalms 118: 1-5
    Jewish
    source: Tanakh


    Prayer of Thanksgiving

    O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.

    Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

    Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

    Let them now that fear the Lord say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

    I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.

    - Psalms 118: 1-5
    Christian
    source: The Bible
     
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    a prayer-

    may i practice mindfulness wherever i go, whomever i meet.

    may i be open to friendship, beauty, and enjoyment.

    may i be open to others' suffering, to my own suffering, and to the ways that we can heal them.

    may not a moment go by un-prayerfully, may not a day go by unreflected upon.
     
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    Lead Me to Peace

    Lead me from death to life,
    from falsehood to truth.
    Lead me from despair to hope,
    from fear to trust.
    Lead me from hate to love,
    from war to peace.
    Let peace fill my heart,
    my world, my universe.
    Amen.

    Appropriate for many faiths
     
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    Luther's Evening Prayer

    My Heavenly Father, I thank You, through Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son, that You have protected me, by Your grace. Forgive, I pray, all my sins and the evil I have done. Protect me, by Your grace, tonight. I put myself in your care, body and soul and all that I have. Let Your holy angels be with me, so that the evil enemy will not gain power over me. Amen.

    Martin Luther
     
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    I Look to Thee in Every Need

    I look to Thee in every need, and never look in vain;
    I feel Thy strong and tender love, and all is well again.
    The thought of Thee is mightier far than sin and pain and sorrow are.

    Discouraged in the work of life, disheartened by its load,
    Shamed by its failures or its fears, I sink beside the road.
    But let me only think of Thee and then new heart springs up in me.

    Thy calmness bends serene above, my restlessness to still;
    Around me flows Thy quickening life, to nerve my faltering will.
    Thy presence fills my solitude, Thy providence turns all to good.

    Enfolded deep in Thy dear love, held in Thy law, I stand;
    Thy hand in all things I behold, and all things in Thy hand.
    Thou leadest me by unsought ways, and turn my mourning into praise.

    - Samuel Longfellow
    Unitarian, Christian, appropriate for many faiths
    source: Hymns of the Spirit (1864)
     
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