Prayer Mondays: Basil The Great

Barring my faulty memory (and if I’m not lazy) I want to post prayers on Monday from all over Church History and then throughout the modern day, and then my own. This is a prayer comes from Basil the Great.

We bless Thee, O Most High God and Lord of mercy, Who ever doest with us things both great and inscrutable, both glorious and awesome, of which there is no measure; who grantest to us sleep for rest from our infirmities, and relaxation from the labours of our much-toiling flesh.

We thank Thee that thou hast not destroyed us with our iniquities, but hast shown Thy loving-kindness to man as usual, and while we were lying in despair upon our beds, Thou hast raised us up that we might glorify Thy dominion.

Wherefore, we implore Thy boundless goodness: Enlighten the eyes of our understanding and raise up our mind from the heavy sleep of indolence; open our mouth and fill it with Thy praise, that we may be able steadily to hymn and confess Thee, Who art God glorified in all and by all, the unoriginate Father, with Thine Only-begotten Son, and Thine All-holy and good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

Amen.

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Prayer Mondays: Memorial Day 2011

Barring my faulty memory (and if I’m not lazy) I want to post prayers on Monday from all over Church History and then throughout the modern day, and then my own. This one comes from  me for Memorial Day.

Lord we thank you for our place that you give:

Where we stand, where we live, where we breathe.

For it is by your grace

And by your mercy

That we find ourselves here where we live.

 

Lord we thank you for the freedoms we currently enjoy.

An aberration in history, we know.

But it was by your grace

And by your mercy,

That here is where our lives are employed.

 

Lord we thank you for the soldiers’ stance.

For it was by his position and his fall that this place has been carved out.

But it was by your grace

And by your mercy

That we were put here not by chance.

 

Lord forgive us for our violent ways and our fights.

In this world of sin, you know, we know no other way.

We wait by your grace

And by your mercy

For our rescue from this our plight.

 

Lord remind us to rejoice as we remember

Even in light of all the pain.

Because it is by your ever flowing grace and mercy

That all our remembrances redound on our remembrance of Christ.

 

Amen.

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Prayer Mondays: Come

Barring my faulty memory (and if I’m not lazy) I want to post prayers on Monday from all over Church History and then throughout the modern day, and then my own. This one comes from the apostle John, and from all Christians, in response to Jesus’ own words “Yes, I am coming quickly.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

(Rev 22)

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Prayer Monday on Sunday: Mother’s Day

Barring my faulty memory (and if I’m not lazy) I want to post prayers on Monday from all over Church History and then throughout the modern day, and then my own. This one is my own, not on Monday but rather on Sunday, for Mother’s day, but in the form of a Thanksgiving.


Thank you Lord for my wife and Mother of my children.

You had your prophets pen the words of Proverbs 31 as a picture of wisdom, then you decided to give me a wife that illustrated that picture.

Thank you Lord, that in my wife and mother of my children, you remind me of the great care and nurture that you have for people. You provide rain. You provide grain. You provide sun. You love.

And you provide mothers for us all.

So thank you Lord for my own Mother as well.

Amen.

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Prayer Mondays: BoCP on Thomas Sunday

Barring my faulty memory (and if I’m not lazy) I want to post prayers on Monday from all over Church History and then throughout the modern day, and then my own. This comes from the Book of Common Prayer for Thomas Sunday.

Almighty and everliving God,
who strengthened your apostle Thomas
with sure and certain faith in your Son’s resurrection:

Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ,
our Lord and our God,
that our faith may never be found wanting in your sight;
through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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Prayer Mondays: St. Carson on the Resurrection

Barring my faulty memory (and if I’m not lazy) I want to post prayers on Monday from all over Church History and then throughout the modern day, and then my own. This is a resurrection prayer from DA Carson adapted from a book (ht: Trevin Wax)

We rejoice, heavenly Father,
in the truth that Jesus rose from the dead.

Yet we see that this is not simply a truth in the public arena of history
to be absorbed quickly and then set to one side.

For if indeed your dear Son, the God-man, rose from the dead,
then everything is changed.

His victory over death is confirmed.

The sacrifice he provided has been vindicated.

Already he is the head of a new humanity that will one day share in his resurrection-likeness.

And his people, heavenly Father,
rejoice to bow before him and cry, “My Lord and my God.”

Grant that each of us may cry,
“Forgive my sin as you forgave the sin of that paralyzed man,
my Lord and my God.”

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Holy Saturday Litury of Basil The Great

Some thoughts from our brothers and sisters in the Eastern Church. Not everything is right and I don’t approve certain practices but the imagery is pretty nice when you consider it as a picture.

Rejoice, you heavens, sound the trumpet, you foundations of the earth, shout aloud your joy, you mountains; for see, Emmanuel has nailed our sins to the Cross, and he that gives life has slain death and raised up Adam, for he loves mankind.

( From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch: let Israel hope in the Lord.)

Today Hell groans and cries, ‘It were better for me had I not accepted the one born of Mary, for he has come upon me and destroyed my might. He has smashed the gates of brass. Souls which before I held, he, being God, has raised’. Glory, O Lord, to your Cross and to your Resurrection!

( For with the Lord there is mercy, and with him plentiful redemption: and he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities. )

Today Hell groans and cries, ‘It were better for me had I not accepted the one born of Mary, for he has come upon me and destroyed my might. He has smashed the gates of brass. Souls which before I held, he, being God, has raised’. Glory, O Lord, to your Cross and to your Resurrection!

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Prayer Mondays: Jeanette Threlfall on Palm Sunday

Barring my faulty memory (and if I’m not lazy) I want to post prayers on Monday from all over Church History and then throughout the modern day, and then my own. This one comes from Jeanette Threlfall.

Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang;
Through pillared court and temple the lovely anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them close folded to His breast,
The children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.

From Olivet they followed mid an exultant crowd,
The victor palm branch waving, and chanting clear and loud.
The Lord of men and angels rode on in lowly state,
Nor scorned that little children should on His bidding wait.

“Hosanna in the highest!” that ancient song we sing,
For Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of heaven our King.
O may we ever praise Him with heart and life and voice,
And in His blissful presence eternally rejoice!

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Prayer Mondays: John Stott

Barring my faulty memory (and if I’m not lazy) I want to post prayers on Monday from all over Church History and then throughout the modern day, and then my own. This one comes from John Stott (HT: Trevin Wax).

Good morning heavenly Father,
Good morning Lord Jesus,
Good morning Holy Spirit.

Heavenly Father, I worship you as the creator and sustainer of the universe.
Lord Jesus, I worship you, Savior and Lord of the world.
Holy Spirit, I worship you, sanctifier of the people of God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence and please you more and more.

Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you.

Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, three persons in one God, have mercy upon me.

Amen.

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Prayer Mondays: An Unanswered Prayer

Barring my faulty memory (and if I’m not lazy) I want to post prayers on Monday from all over Church History and then throughout the modern day, and then my own. But this one comes from a story Jesus told and it reveals an unanswered prayer by a man in Hell.

“And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame” (Luke 16:24).

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