A Morning and Evening Prayerbook provides a framework for prayerful devotions with two prayers for each day of the year. The morning prayers are ideal for encouraging your heart for the approaching day’s activities and challenges while the evening prayers will help you close each day with reverence, gratitude, and reflection. Selected to mirror the seasons and the liturgical calendar, the prayers are intended not to replace your personal, spontaneous prayers but to serve as a springboard for them.
Editors Jeanie and David Gushee have collected inspiring contributions from Protestant, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox sources; from all continents; from the Old Testament; and from each century of Christian history. A Morning and Evening Prayerbook will enrich your commitment to God and personal connection to the Christian tradition and the entire church.
Almighty and ever-present Father, Your watchful care reaches from one end of the earth to the other. You order all things in such power that even the tensions and tragedies of sin cannot frustrate Your loving plans. Help me to embrace Your will, and give me strength to follow Your call, so that Your truth may live in my heart and reflect in peace to those who believe in Your love. I ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
– Roman Sacramentary (20th C.)
If I have faltered more or less In my great task of happiness; If I have moved among my race and shown no glorious morning face; If beams from happy human eyes Have moved me not; if morning skies, Books, and my food, and summer rain Knocked on my sullen heart in vain: Lord, Thy most pointed pleasure take, And stab my spirit broad awake! Amen.
– Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
O Lord, take full possession of my heart, raise there Your throne, and command there as You do in heaven. Being created by You, let me live for You; being created for You, let me always act for Your glory; being redeemed by You, let me give to You what is Yours; and let my spirit cling to You alone, for Your name’s sake. Amen.
– John Wesley (1703-1791)