Prayer for the Second Sunday of Lent

Thou forgiver of sin, healer of sorrow, vanquisher of death: Draw us unto thyself, who are our salvation and our all-conquering hope. Make us citizens of thy kingdom, men of invincible good will, builders of a world where righteousness shall reign and the law of love shall triumph over hate and strife. Hasten the day when thou shalt take unto thyself thy great power and reign. Increase in us true devotion unto thyself; nourish us with all goodness; and of thy great mercy keep us steadfast; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Taken from The Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Home, 1965

Prayer for First Sunday of Lent

O Lord Jesus Christ, give us in all our life the discipline which will enable us to walk in your footsteps, and which all your true followers should show.

Help us to discipline our passions and desires, that we may never in an unguarded moment do that which we would afterwards regret.

Help us to discipline our appetites, that greed and gluttony and self-indulgence may have no part in our lives.

Help us to discipline our speech, that no false or untrue word, no soiled or impure word, no bitter or angry word may ever pass our lips.

Help us to discipline ourselves in our work, that slackness, idleness, laziness and carelessness may find no place in our lives, that we may not try to find how quickly we can do a thing but how well we can do it, that we may be more concerned with how much we can put into a task than with how much we can get out of it.

Help us to  discipline ourselves in our pleasure, that no pleasure may ever so master us that it takes away the will-power to resist it.

Help us to discipline ourselves in our devotion, that we may faithfully share in the public worship of your people, and that no day may ever pass when in the silence we do not speak and listen to you.

Help us to discipline even our thoughts, that they may never move in any forbidden pathways or linger on any forbidden thing, so that we too may be pure in heart and so see you.

This we ask for your love’s sake. Amen.

Taken from A Barclay Prayer Book

A Prayer on the Transfiguration of the Lord

God of glory and mercy,
     before his death in shame your Son went to the mountain top,
     and you revealed his life in glory.
Where prophets witnessed to him, you proclaimed him your Son,
     but he returned to die among us.
Help us face evil with courage,
     knowing that all things, even death,
     are subject to your transforming power.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

taken from the United Methodist Book of Worship

Prayer for Third Sunday After Epiphany

Almighty and everlasting God, the radiance of faithful souls, who didst bring the nations to thy light and kings to the brightness of thy rising: Fill, we beseech thee, the world with thy glory, and show thyself unto all the nations; through him who is the true light and the bright and morning star, even Jesus Christ they Son our Lord. Amen.

from The Book of Worship for Church and Home of The Methodist Church, 1965

Three Prayers for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

O Lord God, heavenly Father, we beseech thee so to rule and guide us by thy Holy Spirit that we may hear and receive thy holy Word with our whole heart; that through thy Word we may be sanctified, and may learn to place all our trust and hope in Jesus Christ thy Son, and following him may be led safely through all evil, until through thy grace we come to everlasting life; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.

from The Book of Worship for Church and Home of The Methodist Church, 1965

Let us then rejoice in this grace, so that our glorying may bear witness to our good conscience by which we glory, not in ourselves but in the Lord. That is why Scripture says, “He is my glory, the one who lifts up my head.” For what greater grace could God have made to dawn on us than to make his only Son become the Son of man, so that human beings might in their turn become children and heirs of God? Ask if this were merited; ask for its reason, for its justification, and whether you will find any other answer but sheer grace. Augustine.

from the Ancient Christian Devotional

Lord Jesus, my Redeemer and King, as we celebrate the glorious advent of Thy coming into the world, I, Thy humble servant, open wide my heart to Thee. Cleanse and purify it from all sin and evil desire. So rule my life that I may yield the members of my body instruments of righteousness to Thee, my Lord. Give to the pastor of our congregation the necessary faithfulness, and grant success to all his endeavors. Fill the hearts of all the members with brotherly love toward one another and fervent zeal for the spreading of Thy Kingdom of Grace. Guard and protect Thy disciples against all error and falsehood, and heal all divisions and put to naught all heresies. Let Thy Church ever be a shining light to all the world. Deliver all whom Satan still holds in the bondage of unbelief and sin. And when Thou wilt appear in power and majesty at the end of time, grant that Thy glorious advent be to me a day of rejoicing and I lift up my head with gladness because my redemption draweth nigh. Amen.

from the Lutheran Book of Prayer, 1951

Prayer for Sunday Evening

Lord God, I thank Thee for the peace of this day, the peace proclaimed to me by Thy Gospel, the peace from the strife and toil of daily tasks, the peace of coming to Thee in prayer. I pray Thee, dear God, let not this peace vanish from my heart and depart from my life. Let not the cares of this world or its joy stifle the seedling of the Word which Thou hast implanted in me. Let not the image of my Savior be defaced in me by doubt and sin, by waywardness or shame. Grant that the joy of worship may be steady and strong within me, even in the days when I may not be able to go to church with my fellow Christians. Grant that the sureness of Thy peace may persist in my heart when the blasts of doubt and evil assail me. Give refreshing rest this night, and fit me, body and soul, for the labors of this coming week. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

from The Lutheran Book of Prayer, 1951