Since the new year, the practice of praying with a liturgy has been a life saver for me. Having grown up in a tradition that values free-form, “in the moment” prayer, a season of set times of structured prayer has helped give voice to my prayer life, particularly in a season when I wasn’t sure what to say. Here’s my current morning liturgy. Whenever possible, I like to spend this time with God while walking a four mile route in our neighborhood where I can pray slowly, reflectively, and interspersed with periods of silence. It is also worth noting that I maintain most of the plural language as I am praying with and for a community of God’s people as Christians gather the world over to share in morning prayer.
Almighty and most merciful Father, we have sinned and have strayed like lost sheep, offending against your holy laws.
We have not done things we ought to have done. We have done things we ought not have done. There is no health in us.
Have mercy, Lord, for we are miserable sinners. Spare us as we confess to you. Restore us as we turn back to you, in accordance with the promises you made through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And grant, O God, for his sake, that from this time forward we would live lives that are godly, holy and sober for the sake of your holy name.
God the Father, have mercy on me a sinner.
God the Son, have mercy on me because I am part of the brokenness of the world.
God the Spirit, have mercy on me because I need your renewal.
In your mercy, hear my prayer:
From all selfish desires; from pride, vanity, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice; from all evil intents; in your mercy, Lord, rescue us.
From laziness, worldliness, and the love of money; from hardness of heart and contempt for your word and laws; from seeking our own aims and glory rather than your kingdom; in your mercy, Lord, rescue us.
From sins of the body and mind; from the lusts of the flesh, the world, and the devil; in your mercy, Lord, rescue us.
Lord, open our lips and our mouths shall proclaim your praise. O, Lord make speed to save us. O God, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
(Here, I usually meditate on one Psalm every week or two. This week has been Psalm 57.)
I believe in God the Father, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his Son and our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate. He was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day, he was raised again. He has ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit.
I believe in the holy catholic church, in the fellowship of saints, in the forgiveness of sins, in the resurrection of the body, and in the life everlasting.
Our Father in heaven, may your name be hallowed today. Your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we have forgiven our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, now and forever.
I arise today by a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity. Through a belief in the threeness. Through a confession of the oneness of the Creator of all that has been created.
I arise today in the strength of Christ’s birth with his baptism. Through his crucifixion with his burial. Through his resurrection with his ascension. Through his descent for the judgment of doom.
I arise today in the strength of the love of cherubim; in the obedience of angels; in the service of archangels; in the hope of resurrection met with reward; in the prayers of patriarchs; in the predictions of prophets; in the preaching of apostles; in the faith of confessors; in the innocence of holy virgins; in the deeds of righteous women and men.
I arise today in the strength of heaven; through the light of the sun; through the radiance of the moon; through the splendor or fire; through the speed of lighting; through the swiftness of wind; through the depth of seas; through the stability of the earth; through the firmness of the earth.
I arise today in God’s strength to pilot me; in God’s might to uphold me; in God’s wisdom to guide me; in God’s eyes to see before me; in God’s ears to hear me; in God’s word to speak for me; in God’s hand to hold me; in God’s shield to protect me; in God’s hosts to save me from the snares of the devil.
I arise today, O God, in a world that is saturated with your presence and glory. This is your creation and I live and have my being in your story. May I live today in the strength of that reality.
Christ Jesus, meek and humble of spirit, in your mercy, hear my prayer:
From my desire to be esteemed; from my desire to be loved; from my desire to be extolled; from my desire to be honored; from my desire to be praised; from my desire to preferred to others; from my desire to be consulted; from my desire to be approved – in your mercy, Jesus rescue us.
From my fear of being humiliated; from my fear of being despised; from my fear of suffering rebuke; from my fear of being maligned; from my fear of being forgotten; from my fear of being ridiculed; from my fear of being wronged; from my fear of being suspected – in your mercy, Jesus rescue us.
So that others may be loved more than I am loved. So that others may be esteemed more than I am esteemed. So that, in the opinion of the world, others may increase while I decrease. So that others may be chosen while I am left aside. So that others may be praised while I go unnoticed. So that others may be preferred to me in all things. So that others may be holier than I, provided I am as holy as you would have me to be.
Lord Jesus, in your mercy, give me a heart that desires these things.
God of all creation, full of love and abounding in mercy, may the whole earth be filled with your glory.
Guide and bless the ministers of your church; clothe us in righteousness and grant us wisdom.
Direct the leaders of our nation and world that they may act in accordance with your kingdom.
Enlarge our own hearts, Lord, to love the things you love. Sharpen our vision to see the world as you see it and to see you as you truly are, revealed in Christ.
May we reflect your light in every place where there is darkness.
May we proclaim your holy name in every aspect of our lives.
Create in us clean hearts, O God, and take not your Holy Spirit from us.
Grant us your peace, for only in you can we live in safety.