Monday, November 18, 2013

Psalm 5 - A morning prayer for help

It is you whom I invoke, O Lord. In the morning you hear me.

Let my words come to your ears, O Lord:
hear my sighs.
Listen to the voice of my crying,
my King and my God.
As I make my prayer to you,
Lord, listen to my voice in the morning;
in the morning I will stand before you and await you.
You are not a God who loves evil.
The wicked cannot stay near you,
the unjust cannot remain in your presence.
You hate all who do evil –
you destroy all who speak falsehood –
the Lord abominates the bloody and deceitful man.
But in the abundance of your mercy you will admit me to your house:
I will worship you in your holy temple, with fear and reverence.
Lord, guide me in your justice, protect me from my enemies:
let me see the path I must follow.
For there is no truth in their mouth – their heart is a bottomless pit –
their throat is a wide open grave – their tongue seduces.
Punish them, Lord,
and let their own plans destroy them.
On account of their crimes, thrust them from your presence;
for they are rebels against you.
Let all who hope in you rejoice, triumph for ever.
You will shelter them and they will glory in you.
For you bless the just, O Lord,
and your good will surrounds them like a shield.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.

It is you whom I invoke, O Lord. In the morning you hear me.

Prayers and intercessions:

As the new day begins let us praise Christ, in whom is the fulness of grace and the Spirit of God.
– Lord, give us your Spirit.
We praise you, Lord,
and we thank you for all your blessings.
– Lord, give us your Spirit.
Give us peace of mind and generosity of heart;
grant us health and strength to do your will.
– Lord, give us your Spirit.
May your love be with us during the day;
guide us in our work.
– Lord, give us your Spirit.
Be with all those who have asked our prayers,
and grant them all their needs.
– Lord, give us your Spirit.
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.
be the beginning and end of all that we do and say.
Prompt our actions with your grace,
and complete them with your all-powerful help.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
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