A Prayer for Times Like These

Several weeks ago, I was on a strategic planning retreat with my executive team. I began the meeting with a prayer that I have used for years in my own morning devotions.

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This prayer was originally composed by Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow (1782–1867). It seems particularly relevant and timely in these turbulent times:

O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon thy holy will. In every hour of the day reveal thy will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul, and with the firm conviction that thy will governs all. In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by thee. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day and all that it shall bring. Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray thou thyself in me. Amen.”

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  • http://www.DavidRobertsons.com/about David Robertson

    Mike, this is a very similar prayer to the heart of my prayers in the morning. I pray through Ephesians 2:10, Romans 8:28 & John 15:14-17. 

    Praying through these verses reminds me that GOD has created me to do the work HE’s already planned for my day (Eph 2:10), no matter what actually happens HE is working it for my best because I love him (Rom 8:28), and I am friends with GOD because he chose me and appointed me to love those around me and do work that will last. Also, as a friend he has and will tell me his will (John 15:14-17).

    These verses are very similar to the heart of the prayer you have shared here. I’ll print this out & include it into my time with the LORD tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://twitter.com/LisaColonDelay Lisa Colón DeLay

    This is lovely.

    I’m praying for rescue and divine presence…my prayers reside evermore in the mysteries.

  • Jennifer

    Awesome prayer I have copyed it and pasted it to for all to see…Just amazing,God bless u

  • Jviola79

    Thank you for sharing this! I am currently reading Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard Foster. I have printed this & will save it in my book as it is such a wonderful reminder to submit all things into our Lord’s hands & choose to be vessels in His hands. Blessings!