A Good Prayer at Close of Day

Sometimes, when your prayer life is dry and you have no words of your own, you can borrow from the saints of old.

I’ve been a longtime fan of The Book of Common Prayer which has collects and prayers to use throughout the year. Also, I really love The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers that will rock your socks off.

The best way to pray when you don’t have any words of your own is to pray Scripture. I believe that there’s nothing God honors more in prayer than His own words prayed back to Him. After all, when we’re at a loss for words in prayer, the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf.

This one that I’ve posted is a good prayer for both morning and evening. It works as the first prayer of the day or the last before your head hits the pillow at night:

“God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at mine end, and at my departing” (The Sarum Prayer).

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