Prayer For Troubled Times

Many of these prayers come from the resources of the Episcopal Church, especially The Book of Common Prayer and Enriching our Worship 2.  They are reproduced here in keeping with the copyright guidelines of the publisher.  All rights are reserved to the Church Pension Group as publisher. Any of the following prayers may be adapted as needed.

Codified Injustice: A Lament

God of Justice,
as a city, and nation, and world,
we live outside your law:
the law that precludes double standards
and prospers second chances,
the law that shelters the homeless poor
and maintains inalienable rights for the stranger.

Show us power, and wonder, and signs.
Not you, breaking the laws of nature,
but us, breaking open the nature of our laws,
so that the possibility of abundant life
would unseal our covenant with death,
through Jesus Christ, the Crucified and Risen One.
Amen.

The Rev. Anna E. Rossi

A Prayer for the Nation

  • O God of many nations, 
  • God of the nations of indigenous people 
  •  who nurtured and cherished this land for centuries  
  • before it was taken away, 
  • O God of the nations who generously shared their people
    • with us over the last 400 years,
  • O God of all our people: rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. 
  • Pour out your spirit upon us and cleanse our nations of fear and hatred.
  • Fill us with compassion and peace and a thirst for justice.
  • Give our nation a new beginning in your Grace.
    • We pray in the name of the Holy Trinity, One God.  Amen 
  •   The Very Rev. Dr. Peggy Patterson

Prayer for a New Beginning

  • In the beginning you beamed light that shines in the darkest hour, Light that no darkness could overcome:
  • Pierce the soul of this nation with your light, And enlighten everyone with your divine wisdom.
  • Pierce the soul of this nation with your light,
  • And blind the demons of violence and hate.
  • Pierce the soul of this nation with your light,
  • That our chests draw in hope
  • And our hands grasp with strength
  • And our innards gird with all their might
  • And our hearts pump the lifeblood
  • Of an unlikely, luminous new beginning being born.
  • Amen.
  • The Rev. Anna E. Rossi

A Prayer In Response to Gun Violence

Let us lament with all those who are touched by gun violence
Let us lament the shooter’s choice for violence
Let us lament laws that allow violent men easy access to guns
Let us lament our politicians’ unwillingness to work for change
Let us lament with the hearts broken by loss today
Let us lament all the lives cut short today
Let us lament, O God, and then let us rise from our knees to work for change
In the name of Christ, the prince of peace. Amen.

Lord, in every need let me come to You with humble trust saying, “Jesus, help me.”
In all my doubts, perplexities, and temptations, Jesus, help me.
In hours of loneliness, weariness, and trials, Jesus, help me.
In the failure of my plans and hopes; in disappointments, troubles, and sorrows, Jesus, help me.
When others fail me and Your grace alone can assist me, help me.
When I throw myself on Your tender love as a father and savior, Jesus, help me.
When my heart is cast down by failure at seeing no good come from my efforts, Jesus, help me.
When I feel impatient and my cross irritates me, Jesus, help me.
When I am ill and my head and hands cannot work and I am lonely, Jesus, help me.
Always, always, in spite of weakness, falls, and shortcomings of every kind, Jesus, help me and never forsake me.
Amen.

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