Daily Prayer Office

Rev. Charlie Wilfong

Be Still
“Be still and know that I am God.”
—Psalm 46:10

I Am Baptized
Lord, I remember my baptism and I am grateful. I am baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

The Serenity Prayer
God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
courage to change the things which should be changed,
and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.
—Reinhold Niebuhr, 1943

Doxology
Oh Lord, open my lips and my mouth will proclaim your praise. —Psalm 51:15
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God all creatures here below; Alleluia! Alleluia! praise God the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
—UMH #94
or

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
—UMH #95

Confession
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
self examination, confession, repentance
—Mark 10:47

Thanksgiving
Thank you, God. —Psalm 100
consider and recognize God’s gifts

Three Things We Pray
Thanks be to thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which thou hast given us; for all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for us. O most merciful Redeemer, friend, and brother, may we know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly, for thine own sake. Amen.—Richard of Chichester, England, 13th cent.,
—UMH #493

Three Simple Rules
Do no harm; do good; stay in love with God.

Psalm
Oh God, come to my assistance; Lord, make haste to help me.

Read a Psalm from the Divine Office —Psalm 40:13

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
[2] He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
[3] He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
[4] Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
[5] Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
[6] Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
—Psalm 23:1-6 (KJV)


Prayer of Relinquishment
I stop demanding anything. I want what you want, whatever that is. 
—Hannah Whitall Smith, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, 1870

A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low by thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
—UMH, #607

Breath Prayer
Creating Love, order me. Loving God, live through me.
Gracious God, set me free. Savior Friend, take my hand.
Loving Potter, center me. Jesus, blessing.

Make Me an Instrument
Lord, make me an instrument of thy 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; and
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
—Francis of Assisi (1181/2-1226)

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
—Matthew 6:9-13

Lord, Still My Soul
Lord, still my soul; I know you’re on my side.
Help me to bear the cross of grief or pain.
I leave to you to order and provide.
In every change, you faithful will remain.
Lord, still my soul—my best, my heavenly friend,
through thorny ways, lead to a joyful end. Amen.
—adapted from text by Katharina von Schlegel, 1752; UMH #534

Nunc Dimittis
29 "Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
— Luke 2:29-32, NRSV

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An excellent, non-denominational website offering full-text prayer offices for Morning, Midday, Evening, Night, and a page on the Wesley Fast. These prayer offices change regularly.

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