Favorite Prayers – January 5, 2019

Unlike all my other posts at this website, this is not a recording of a message.

These are just my favorite prayers.


Prayer by Yellow Hawk, Sioux Chief

Oh great spirit whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world – hear me – I come before you, I am one of your children, I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise so that I may know the things you have taught my people, the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself. Make me ever ready to come to you, with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.


Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life


Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.


23rd Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul.

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil. My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


Craig’s Prayer

Thank you for making the universe.
Thank you for making me a vital part of it.
Thank you for providing me with all that I need, and more.

You are the light upon me,
the heat within me,
and the time that carries me along.

I want to see clearly and act peacefully;
right-sized, all ways open, ready for giving.

Help me want what you want.
Help me like me.
Help me do what’s light.

10 thoughts on “Favorite Prayers – January 5, 2019

  1. PATTI-ANN DOUGLAS Reply

    Love your poem, “help me do what’s light” esp. So perfect. keep sharing, we need more of it in the world.

  2. , Post authorReply

    Oh my gosh, Patti-Ann. Thanks for your fun comment. I much appreciate the encouragement. Really. Let’s encourage each other!

  3. Martha Schwope Reply

    I am an instrument of peace.
    Where there is hatred, I sow love.
    Where there is injury, pardon
    Where there is doubt, faith
    Where there is despair, hope
    Where there is darkness, light
    And where there is sadness, joy

    May I not so much seek to be consoled
    as to console
    to be understood as to understand
    To be loved as to love

    Amen.

  4. Craig Freshley Post authorReply

    Thanks for the simple Saint Francis prayer, Martha.
    I love it.

  5. Jim Reply

    Wonderful, wonderful you, Craig! I was going to mention that John O’Donohue suggests, as an exercise in finding our place in the world, that we all write our own prayer. And you’ve already done it. And done it wonderfully! Thank you for making my day and inspiring me all over again!

  6. Craig Freshley Post authorReply

    Wonderful, wonderful you, Jim!
    Thanks so much for your comment.
    Wow!

  7. Brown Lethem Reply

    Craig, This was an exceptional worship experience for me and your words on Prayer really expanded my centering down. Thanks for your efforts to build this faith community and the wider need for understanding and acceptance.

  8. Craig Freshley Post authorReply

    Oh my gosh, Brown.
    Thank you.

    And for anyone reading, Brown is referring to the message I brought on January 6, 2019. In that message I mentioned these five prayers.

    Flash prayer right now: thank you Brown and others who have commented here.

  9. Cindy Berliner Reply

    Thanks for sharing these. If you do not have a copy already, you might enjoy Eknath Easwaran’s Timeless Wisdom, Passages for meditation from the world’s saints & sages. The first two prayers you listed (two of my favorites) are in that and there are many other beautiful ones.

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