There are times when written prayers aid us in our personal prayers. It’s the great use of the Psalms.

I have found the Anglican Book of Common Prayer helpful in this aid and especially the Great Litany in times like these where my thoughts are scattered. Each part of the Great Litany becomes a starting point of meditation and centering prayer for me.

You can take a look at the Great Litany HERE.

A couple of things I noticed for today that aided in my prayer:

To bless and keep our armed forces by sea, and land, and air, and to shield them in all dangers and adversities,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

(This aids me as I think of Veterans Day and our troops who keep us safe in a harsh world.)

And this:

To visit the lonely and those who grieve; to strengthen all who suffer in mind, body, or spirit; and to comfort with your presence those who are failing and infirm,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

(This aids me as I am reminded of COVID and the increase of cases and knowing the heartache of friends who have lost family members recently due to COVID.)

The Psalter aides us… and the Book of Common Prayer can aid us. The prayers of those who have gone before can focus us and open our hearts to pray more targeted, meaningful prayers.

2019 BCP

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