812) Morning Prayers

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O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning:  Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day:  Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

This is another day, O Lord; I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready for whatever it may be.  If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely.  If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly.  If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently.  Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus.  Amen.

–Book of Common Prayer

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MARTIN LUTHER’S ORDER FOR MORNING PRAYER (Small Catechism, 1529):
In the morning, when you rise, make the sign of the cross and say, “In the name of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
Then, kneeling or standing, say the Apostle’s Creed and the Lord’s Prayer.  Then, you may say this prayer:
“I give Thee thanks, heavenly Father, through thy dear Son Jesus Christ, that Thou hast protected me through the night from all harm and danger. I beseech Thee to keep me this day, too, from all sin and evil, that in all my thoughts, words, and deeds I may please Thee. Into thy hands I commend my body and soul and all that is mine. Let thy holy angel have charge of me, that the wicked one may have no power over me. Amen.”
After singing a hymn or whatever your devotion may suggest, you should go to your work joyfully. 

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Lord, I shall be verie busy this day.
I may forget Thee, but do not forget me.

–Sir Jacob Astley (1579-1652) on October 23, 1652
before the battle of Edgehill in the English Civil War.

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Make us remember, O God, that every day is your gift, to be used according to your command.  Amen.

 –Samuel Johnson

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Since it is of thy mercy, O gracious Father, that another day is added to our lives; We here dedicate both our souls and our bodies to thee and thy service, in a sober, righteous, and godly life:  in which resolution, do thou, O merciful God, confirm and strengthen us; that, as we grow in age, we may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

–Edmund Gibson, Bishop of London (d. 1748)

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The day returns and brings us the petty round of irritating concerns and duties. Help us, O Lord, to perform them with laughter and kind faces, and let cheerfulness abound with industry. Give to us to go blithely on our business all this day, bring us to our resting beds weary and contented and undishonored, and grant us in the end the gift of sleep.  Amen.

–Robert Louis Stevenson

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As we go into a new day we thank Thee, O Lord, for the refreshment of sleep and food and for all thy mercies, and we beseech Thee that this day
Thy strength would pilot us,
Thy power preserve us,
Thy wisdom instruct us,
Thy eye watch over us,
Thy ear hear us,
Thy Word give us sweet talk,
Thy hand defend us,
Thy way guide us. Amen.

–St. Patrick

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Dear God, help me today to watch my mouth so what goes in and what comes out won’t make me regret or hang my head with shame; so that at eve I can say, thank you, God, for helping me again.  Amen.

–Hilda Nelson

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O God, Lord of all power and might, preserver of all thy creatures:  Keep us this day in health of body and soundness of mind, in purity of heart and cheerfulness of spirit, in contentment with our lot and charity with our neighbor; and further all our lawful undertakings with thy blessing.  In our labor strengthen us; in our pleasure purify us; in our difficulties direct us; in our perils defend us; in our troubles comfort us; and supply all our needs, according to the riches of thy grace in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.

Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal, 1958, Augsburg Publishing House

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Lamentations 3:22-24  —  Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

Psalm 5:3  —  In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

Psalm 88:13  —  I cry to you for help, Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you.