Testing Times

 

A Prayer for Times of Testing

God our Father,

Life pulls us in many directions,

and presents many possibilities.

Sometimes we do not know which way to turn.

There are so many claims upon our time, so many demands for our attention, that the very range of choices drives us to distraction.

 

It is then that we need you.

Yours is the ultimate clam on our lives;  help us to listen for it in all the other claims that are made on us.

Because we cannot do everything, help us to get our priorities right, to know what you want us to do now, and what we have to leave.

May the stress and strain of life not break us, but make us stronger for Jesus’ sake.

from The Lutheran Prayerbook

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A Family Prayer

This prayer by Rev. R.H. Raasch is from The Lutheran Prayerbook.

O Lord, I thank you for my family.  You have created our lives and intentionally brought us together to live in our home.  It is within the family relationship that we learn how to share Your gifts of love, forgiveness and mercy.  It is here, in our home, that we learn to be patient, as You are patient;  compassionate, as You are compassionate;  and caring, as You care for us.  Bless our relationships that we may serve You here in our home and when we go out into Your world.  In the mighty name of Jesus we pray.  Amen

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