Universal Fellowship - Good God Prayers for the 20th Century and the New Millennium.
The great bulk of the following prayers were posted to my "africanloft.com" blog under the header "There is but one use for Power" on 17th April 2009. However, that facility has now closed, so I have decided to repost this at NVS as "Universal Fellowship - Good God Prayers for the 20th Century and the New Millennium".
You will recognize many of these as "variations" on "The Lord's Prayer", but "together" they make even more powerful reading, for they spring from many lands and peoples, over time, right up to the present. Such prayers of "Good God Living and Loving" may be added to, but not taken away, for their spirit will live on, while humans exist, and/or till the end of time as we know it.
I have not identified where these poems have come from, so that racism and nationalism etc cannot influence your reading of them. Some of them, though, can be referenced by your own "google-search" if you wish to know more about them. But in the meantime, sit back and enjoy them. Hopefully, you too will identify with all of them, and the constant of " i " which is the golden thread which links them:
There is but one use for power....
O God in Heaven,
We bow our heads and thank you for your love.
Accept our thanks for the peace that yields this day, and the shared faith that makes its continuance likely.
Make us strong to do your work, willing to hear and heed your will, and
Write on our hearts these words: "Use power to help people". For
We are given power not to advance our own purposes,
Nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name.
There is but one just use of power, and it is to Serve people.
Help us to remember, Lord.
Amen ! ............ Aum ............ Praise God from whom All Blessings Flow ! ............
God of many names and God beyond naming,
we celebrate your creation and provision.
Forgive us for abusing this precious resource.
Remind us we are called to be good stewards.
Our love for you leads us to respect for all...
All living things and all of creation.
Make us aware of the impact of our actions.
We commit to steps to balance those actions.
Guide us in shifting the conversation.
We commit to changing our ways.
Amen ! ............
Parent, God, to You I raise my whole being,
- a vessel emptied of self. Accept, God,
this my emptiness, and so fill me with
Yourself - Your Light, Your Love, Your
Life - that these Your precious Gifts
may radiate through me and over-
flow the chalice of my heart into
the hearts of all with whom I
come into contact this day
revealing unto them
the beauty of
of Your Peace
which nothing can destroy. Amen ! ............
O Thou, the Breath, the Light of All,
Let this light create a heart shine within,
and your Counsel rule 'til Oneness guides us all.
Your One desire act with ours,
as in all light, so in all forms.
Grant what we need each day, in bread and insight.
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
but keep us from immature acts.
To You, belongs the ruling mind, the life that can
act and do, the song that beautifies us all,
from age to age it renews.
In faith, I will to you be true. Amen (Praise God !). ............
O Breathing Life, your Name shines everywhere!
Release a space to plant your Presence here.
Envision your "I Can" now.
Embody your desire in every light and form.
Grow through us this moment's bread and wisdom.
Untie the knots of failure binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others' faults.
Help us not forget our Source, yet free us from not being in the Present.
From you arises every Vision, Power and Song, from gathering to gathering.
May our future actions grow from here. Amen ! ............
God our Mother, God our Father, God of earth and heaven, God among us and within us; you are holy !
Continue your reign in us. Do your will among us, as in all creation. Meet our daily needs.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive, lead us through our temptations, strengthen us to contend with evil.
For all love, healing and life are yours, now and forever, AMEN. ............
Let us Remain close to the Great Spirit
Let us Show great respect for our fellow beings
Let us Give assistance and kindness wherever needed
Let us Be truthful and honest at all times
Let us Do what we know to be right
Let us Look after the wellbeing of mind and body
Let us Treat the earth and all that dwell thereon with respect
Let us Take full responsibility for our actions
Let us Dedicate a share of our efforts to the greater good
Let us Work together for the benefit of all mankind. Amen. ............
Eternal Spirit, Earth-Maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and shall be. Father and Mother of us all.
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The Hallowing of your name echoes throughout the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your Heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your promise of peace and freedom sustain our hope, and come on earth.
With the bread that we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In the times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From the trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For your reign in the glory of the power that is love,
Now and forever. Amen. ............
Holy Spirit, Soul of Love, Unleash your abundance within us
Until every sense is transfused With your loving healing,
So that we may have the vision To discern your footprints
And possess the love and courage To follow wherever you lead us.
To the praise of your holy name that is timeless,
And to the glory of the love that is boundless.
Glory is your name forever.
Amen: So let it be through our actions, Amen ! ............
Great eternal one, Creator of the Universe; Holy is your name !
Your dominion stretches across the face of the earth, Embracing us all;
Glory and power are yours forever !
We seek to know your will - help us. We seek to do your will - guide us.
The fruits of the earth come from your hand; We thank you for your mercy.
We are surrounded by your compassion and love; Your generosity knows no end.
Give us grace to be generous to others. For give us when we fail you.
Help us to forgive each other and Bring justice and love into your dominion,
So that all people may sing of Your power and glory
Forever and ever. Amen. ............
Our God in Heaven:
Hallowed be your name.
Your presence be realised in our lives.
Your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us our daily bread.
Forgive us our failings as we forgive those who fail us.
Save us in the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the dominion, the power and the glory are yours,
Now and forever. Amen. ............
God of many names, your spirit is everywhere;
May this knowledge be widespread, Shedding its light in dark places.
We ask this day that our needs be met.
We try to comprehend and help others Less fortunate than ourselves.
We struggle to understand the indiscretions We experience,
As we take responsibility for our own carelessness, And seek to make amends.
We will make choices in our life, knowing that We should be guided to do right by
Our own spirit and conscience.
We know that in this we are helped by the Spirit of God, the Creator Spirit of the Universe.
We will all inherit the dominion, the Power and the glory of life.
Forever and ever. Amen. ............
God, make us instruments of your peace: Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope; Where there is sadness, joy;
Where there is darkness, light.
O Great Creator, grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
Not so much to be understood, as to understand; Not so much to be loved, as to love;
For it is in forgiving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. Amen. ............
God, Make me an instrument of your health,
Where there is sickness, let me bring cure;
Where there is injury, aid;
Where there is suffering, ease;
Where there is sadness, comfort;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is death, acceptance and peace.
Grant that I may not: So much seek to be justified, as to console;
To be obeyed, as to understand;
To be honoured, as to love ....
For it is in giving ourselves that we heal,
It is in listening that we comfort,
And in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. ............
May today there be peace within.
May we trust God: that we are exactly where we are meant to be.
May we not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May we use those gifts that we have received, and pass on the love that has been given to us.
May we be content knowing we are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into our bones, and allow our souls the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of - US. Amen. ............
Holy Spirit, Soul of Love,
Unleash your abundance within us, until every sense is transfused with your beloved healing,
So that we may have the vision to discern your footprints and possess
The love and courage to follow wherever you lead us.
To the praise of your holy name that is timeless, and to the glory of the love that is boundless.
Glory is your name forever. Amen. ............
Eternal God, who tarries oft, beyond the time we hope for, but never beyond the time appointed,
From whom comes in due season: the truth that cannot lie; the counsel that cannot fail.
Make us faithful to wait upon our watchtowers for what you would say to us.
Gird our hearts against all fear, that our servanthood may gird the hearts of all whom you give us to lead.
In the name and power of your Servant Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. ............
O Righteous God, You sent your Christ to establish the reign of justice, on earth as in heaven:
Prosper our every effort to root out arrogance, intolerance, and prejudice, and
To eliminate all forms of discrimination, degradation, and oppression.
Through Him who died at the oppressors' hands, Jesus Christ our Redeemer,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen ! ............
O God, thy divine majesty - thy spirit come - in our hearts - to dwell in the path of righteousness:
Lead us; Help us to forgive that we may be forgiven, teach us love and loyalty on earth as in Heaven,
Endow us with wisdom and understanding to do thy will, thy blessing to us -
That the hungry be fed, the naked clothed, the sick nourished, the aged protected and the infants cared for.
Deliver us from the hands of our enemies, so that we may prove fruitful.
Then in the last day, when life is o'er, our bodies in the clay, or in the depths of the sea, or in the belly of a beast,
O give our souls a place in thy kingdom forever and forever. Amen. ............
I ask for daily bread, but not for wealth, lest I forget the poor.
I ask for strength, but not for power, lest I despise the meek.
I ask for wisdom, but not for learning, lest I scorn the simple.
I ask for a clean name, but not for fame, lest I condemn the lowly.
I ask for peace of mind, but not for idle hours, lest I fail to hearken to the call of duty. Amen ! .............
This morning, as I kindle the fire upon my hearth,
I pray that the flame of God's love may burn in my heart, and the hearts of all I meet today.
I pray that no envy and malice, no hatred or fear, may smother the flame.
I pray that indifference and apathy, contempt and pride may not pour like cold water on the fire.
Instead, may the spark of God's love light the love in my heart, that it may burn brightly, through each day.
And may I warm those that are lonely, whose hearts are cold and lifeless, so that all may know:
The comfort of God's love. Amen ! ............
Day by day, dear Lord, of thee three things I pray:
To see thee more clearly, Love thee more dearly,
Follow thee more nearly, Day by Day. Amen ! ............
O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.
O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.
O Spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service.
O Spirit of God, mighty river, bear me down to the ocean, the ocean of thy love.
O Spirit of God, mighty fire, glow in me, burn in me, until thy radiance fills my soul.
O Spirit of God, mighty fire, may thy light illumine my mind.
O Spirit of God, mighty fire, may thy heat consume my will until I burn for thee.
May the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. Amen. ............
Loving God, you alone are the source of life.
May your life-giving Spirit flow through us, and fill us with compassion, one for another.
In our sorrow give us the calm of your peace. Kindle our hope, and let our grief give way to joy;
Through our love of all you have created. Amen. ............
Source of Life; Beyond all of our positioning, protesting,
Preaching and proclaiming, lies our search, our longing for Your truth.
O God, record Your Truth upon our hearts and lives;
The truth of love, the truth of peace - lived out as our gift to the world,
As my gift to those I live in relationship with, and as my response to You.
May the teachings of Jesus be my guide this day and every day....
To the realm of God - realised within me - and in the world. Amen. ............
Heavenly Parent, we come before you today, to ask your forgiveness as We seek your direction and guidance.
We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good" But that is exactly what we have done:
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium, and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor, and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness, and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn, and called it choice. We have shot abortionists, and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children And called it building self esteem. We have abused power, and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbour's possessions, and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography And called it freedom of speech and expression. We have ridiculed the time honoured values of our forefathers And called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh, God, And know our hearts today. Cleanse us from every sin, And set us free. Amen ! ............
Almighty, God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known and from whom no secrets are hidden, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the in-spiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your Holy Name. Amen ! ............
Give me, Good God, a humble, lowly, quiet, peaceable, patient, charitable, kind and filial and tender mind, every shade, in fact, of charity, with all my words and all my works, and all my thoughts, to have a taste of thy holy blessed Spirit. Amen.....
Lord, take my lips and speak through them; take my mind and think through it;
Take my heart and (fill it with Love) set it on fire. Amen. ............
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Love of God and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you - All:
May God bless you, and keep you; may God make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you:
May God lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen ! ............
May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back;
May the sun shine warm on your face, may the rains fall softly upon your fields.
Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. Amen. ...............
P.S. 1: And I thank you for the life you have given me.
P.S. 2: God, you know better than I know myself that
I am growing older, and someday will be old -
Keep me from getting talkative, and particularly from the
Fatal habit of thinking I must say something -
On every subject, and on every occasion.
Release me from craving to try to straighten out everyone's affairs.
Keep my mind free from recital of endless details -
Give me wings to get straight to the point.
I ask for grace enough to listen to the tales of others' pain.
Help me to endure them with patience, and
Seal my lips on my own aches and pains.
They are increasing, and my love of rehearsing them
Is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
Teach me the glorious lesson that just occasionally,
It is possible that I may sometimes be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint -
Some of them are so hard to live with !
But a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil.
Make me thoughtful, but not moody.
Helpful, but not bossy.
With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all -
But you know, God, that
I want a few friends in the end.
AMEN ! ACTION !
P.S. 3: And again, I thank you for the life you have given me.