Lutheran Prayer

From the 1958 Service Book and Hymnal (Lutheran Church):


Let us pray.
Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: We give you praise and hearty thanks for all your goodness and tender mercies. We bless you for the love which has created and does sustain us from day to day. We praise you for the gift of your Son, our Savior, through whom you have made known your will and grace. We thank you for the Holy Spirit, the Comforter; and for your holy Church, for the Means of Grace, for the lives of all faithful and godly men, and for the hope of the life to come. Help us to treasure in our hearts all that our Lord has done for us; and enable us to show our thankfulness by lives that are given wholly to your service;
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
Saved and defend your Church Universal, purchased with the precious Blood of Christ. Give it pastors and ministers according to your Spirit, and strengthen it through the Word and the holy Sacraments. Make it perfect in love and in all good works, and establish it in the faith delivered to the saints. Sanctify and unite your people in all the world, that the one holy Church may bear witness to you, the God and Father of all;
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
Upon all in any holy office in your Church bestow your wisdom and heavenly grace, and enable them to fulfill their duties in your fear and in purity of heart. Let your gracious benediction rest upon our clergy and people, and upon all who are set over us in the Lord; that faith may abound, and your kingdom increase;
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
Send forth your light and your truth into all the earth, O Lord. Raise up, we pray you, faithful servants of Christ to labor in the Gospel at home and in distant lands;
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
According to your merciful goodness, O God, extend your saving health and strength to the younger Churches. Grant that they may rejoice in a rich harvest of souls for your kingdom. Support them in times of trial and weakness, and make them stedfast, abounding in the work of the Lord.
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
Preserve our Nation in righteousness and honor, and continue your blessings to us as a people, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty. Grant health and favor to all who bear office in our land (especially to the President and the Congress, the Governor and Legislature of this State), and help them to acknowledge and obey your holy will;
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
Give to all men the mind of Christ, and dispose our days in your peace, O God. Take from us all hatred and prejudice, and whatever may hinder unity of spirit and concord. Prosper the labors of those who take counsel for the nations of the world, that mutual understanding and common endeavor may be increased among all peoples;
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
Bless, we pray you, the schools of the Church, universities and centers of research, all institutions of learning, and those who exercise the care of souls therein. Withhold not, we pray you, your Word and Wisdom, but bestow it in such measure that men may serve you in Church and State, and our common life be brought under the rule of your truth and righteousness;
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
We pray you especially heavenly Father, to sanctify our homes with your light and joy. Keep our children in the covenant of their baptism, and enable their parents to rear them in a life of faith and godliness. By the spirit of affection and service unite the members of all Christian families, that they may show forth your praise in our land and in all the world.
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
God of mercies, we pray you to comfort with the grace of your Holy Spirit all who are in sorrow or need, sickness or adversity. Remember those who suffer persecution for the faith. Have mercy upon those to whom draws near. Bring consolation to those in sorrow or mourning. And to all grant a measure of your love, taking them into your tender care;
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
Let your blessing rest upon the seed-time and harvest, the commerce and industry, the leisure and rest, and the arts and culture of our people. Take under your special protection those whose toil is difficult or dangerous, and be with all who lay their hands to any useful task. Give them just rewards for their labor, and the knowledge that all their work is good in your sight, who are the Maker and Sustainer of all things;
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
We remember with thanksgiving those who have loved and served you in your Church on earth, who now rest from their labors (especially those most dear to us, whom we name in our hearts before You). Keep us in fellowship with all your saints, and bring us at length to the joy of your heavenly kingdom;
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
Here special supplications, intercessions and thanksgivings may be made.
All these things, and whatever else you see that we need, grant us, O Father, for his sake who died and rose again, and now lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.
Amen.

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