Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer of Mother Teresa

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Mother Teresa taught her Sisters of Charity this prayer. It is based on a prayer of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Dear Jesus, help us to spread Your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with Your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of Yours. Shine through us, and be so in us that every soul we come in contact with may feel Your presence in our soul. Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus. Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as You shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be ours. It will be You, shining on others through us. Let us thus praise You in the way You love best — by shining on those around us. Let us preach You without preaching; not by words but by our example; by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do, the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to You. Amen.

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Prayer for Iraqi Christians

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Pray for followers of Jesus living in Iraq. On Sunday a 30 year old Christian man was shot to death by gunman. Last week as many as seven churches were bombed. And many experts say that the full scope of the raging religious violence is not known because Christians often do not report assaults for fear of even greater reprisals. These are very trying days for believers in this war-torn nation. Let’s support our brothers and sisters in prayer!

Persecution is nothing new for followers of Jesus. It has been our lot for 2,000 years. But around the world persecution today is worse than it has ever been. For instance, since 2003 and the beginning of the Iraq war nearly 500,000 Christians have been forced into exile. Pakistan, Nigeria, China, and India are also hotspots of physical opposition against believers.

God’s promises are clear. He does not say that we will be immune from suffering for our faith. In fact, we are to expect it. He does promise that he will be with us through the pain. And he encourages us to walk through such sufferings together. Those of us in the West are not there physically with our brothers in sisters. But we can join them in prayer, asking God to comfort, protect, support, and guide them.

Join me in this prayer for all suffering Christians:

Father, you do not promise to take us out of the world or out of suffering. You do promise to be with us always. You offer your strength and wisdom and the power of your Spirit. You, Lord are our guard and shield. Please now be with our fellow Christians in Iraq who today are suffering from hatred and intolerance. Give them strength and provision and supernatural wisdom. And give them grace to extend your love and forgiveness to those who harm them. Lord, protect them by your own presence. In Jesus name…

Prayer for Taconic Parkway Accident

posted by nsymmonds

Yesterday afternoon, a Long Island woman by the name of Diane Schuler, had been driving–unbeknownst to her–in the wrong direction for two miles before her minivan collided into an S.U.V killing eight people and injuring three. Though this is a NY-based accident, I want to draw EVERYONE’S attention to it because this situation desires our prayers. Prayer for the affected families: Shuler’s brother who she called had three children who were killed in the accident. The Bastardi and Longo family who were in the S.U.V that Shuler hit and the Tallarico family who sustained injuries as well in this accident. Join us in prayer:

Heavenly Father,

It is with a heavy heart that I come to you in prayer for every family that was affected by yesterday’s accident on the Taconic State Parkway. I send up prayers for the Schuler family who lost several loved ones. It is my prayer that Diane Schuler, Erin Schuler, Kate Hance, Alison Hance, Emma Hance, Michael Bastardi, Guy Bastardi, and Daniel Longo are all safe in your arms right now. And as being such I pray that you would comfort their families and let them know in your way that their loved ones are safe. You are the God of all comfort so let that comfort be known to the families who are in pain. You are the God that heals stitch by stitch, so I claim healing for Angela and Dean Tallarico and Brian Schuler. And though Brian will be without his mother, may he never be without your love and the love of his family and friends. God, as hard as it is to say, you are still sovereign in this situation. May all affected families put their trust in you, find their comfort in you, and seek your face at this time. Let all hearts turn toward you in prayer.

In Jesus Name,



A Prayer from Bernard of Clairvaux

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 – 1153) was a French monk and the inspirational leader behind the Cistercian monastic movement. The Cistercians were influential in reawakening the need for practical work in the world back the Western Christianity. Bernard taught that followers of Jesus should have skills in gardening, farming, architecture, and caring for animals. His prayers, while directed to God and hoping for heaven also expressed a yearning for a relationship with God down-to-earth and here and now. Here’s are 5 of the 14 verses of a prayer often credited to Bernard:

Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.

Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find
A sweeter sound than Thy blessed Name,
O Savior of mankind!

O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!

O Jesus, light of all below,
Thou fount of living fire,
Surpassing all the joys we know,
And all we can desire.

Abide with us, and let Thy light
Shine, Lord, on every heart;
Dispel the darkness of our night;
And joy to all impart.

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