The Book of a Thousand Prayers

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‘Prayer is God’s gift to us, a banquet of good things to feed our inner life, as we respond to the invitation to his feast of peace, forgiveness, challenge and love.’

If our lives are an open book to God, prayer is the dialogue we share with him over its pages. The Book of a Thousand Prayers is a collection of wise and honest prayers to God about his concerns and ours: who he is to us and who we are to him, and how we experience life, death, relationships, the church and the ...

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Overview

‘Prayer is God’s gift to us, a banquet of good things to feed our inner life, as we respond to the invitation to his feast of peace, forgiveness, challenge and love.’

If our lives are an open book to God, prayer is the dialogue we share with him over its pages. The Book of a Thousand Prayers is a collection of wise and honest prayers to God about his concerns and ours: who he is to us and who we are to him, and how we experience life, death, relationships, the church and the world.

Ideal for private prayer and public worship, and containing practical advice on how to pray, this book offers a spiritual feast that will nourish you for the rest of your life.

‘A moving and inspiring medley of prayers – an invaluable aid for individuals, home groups, and those people who lead worship.’
Joyce Huggett

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'A moving and inspiring medly of prayers — an invaluable aid for individuals, home groups, and those people who lead worship.' — Joyce Huggett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310248729
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,002,574
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Angela Ashwin is the author of many books, including A Little Book of Healing Prayer, Woven Into Prayer and Faith in the Fool. She makes her home in Nottinghamshire, England.

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Seeking God

You will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

DEUTERONOMY 4: 29

1 O God, you are my God,

early will I seek you.

My flesh longs for you,

my soul thirsts for you,

in a barren and dry land where there is no water.

Psalm 63: 1

2 Late have I loved you,

O Beauty so ancient and so new.

You called, and broke through my defences,

and now I long for you.

You breathed your fragrance on me,

and I drew in my breath

and now I pant for you.

I tasted you, and now I hunger and thirst for you.

You touched me,

and I burn for your peace.

St Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

3 Lord Jesus, I am not an eagle. All I have are the eyes and the

heart of one. In spite of my littleness, I dare to gaze at the sun

of love, and I long to fly towards it.

St Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897)

4 Holy Spirit

dwell in me,

that I may become prayer.

Whether I sleep or wake,

eat or drink,

labour or rest,

may the fragrance of prayer

rise, without effort, in my heart.

Purify my soul and never leave me,

so that the movements of my heart and mind

may, with voices full of sweetness,

sing in secret to God.

after St Isaac the Syrian (seventh century)

5 O sweetest love of God, too little known,

whoever has found you will be at rest.

Let everything change, O my God,

that I may rest in you.

How sweet to me is your presence,

you who are the sovereign good!

I will draw near to you in silence,

and will uncover your feet,

that it may please you to unite me with yourself,

making my soul your bride.

I will rejoice in nothing until I am in your arms;

O Lord, I beseech you, leave me not for a moment.

St John of the Cross (1542-1591)

6 Lord,

this moment is yours;

mine for you,

and yours for me.

I need you,

I cannot survive without you;

and yet I go on rushing through life

as if I could do everything in my own strength.

Forgive me.

I know

that you care for me at all times,

and that I am always in your hands;

but I still need to pause

and let my heart and spirit

be loved by you

into loving you again.

A.A.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
PART ONE:OUR RE LA TIONSHIP WITH GOD
19 Seeking God 1 – 17
24 Self-Dedication 18 – 60
37 The Cost of Discipleship 61 – 70
41 Life in God 71 – 92
48 Love of God 93 – 115
54 Humility 116 – 121
56 Calling on Christ 122 – 40
63 For Guidance and Discernment 141 – 67
70 Using the Bible; Jesus the Word 168 – 76
Part Two: Praise and Thanksgiving
75 General and Specific Thanksgivings 177–206
86 Praise for Creation 207–22
Part Three: In Times of Difficulty
95 Trouble and Conflict 223 – 57
108 When Busy and Over-Tired 258 – 66
112 Fear, Anxiety and Doubt 267 – 82
117 Inner Darkness 283 – 304
124 When Tempted 305 – 13
127 Being Ill 314 – 22
Part Four: Prayers for Forgiveness
133 Prayers for Forgiveness 323 – 58
Part Five: Personal Relationships
149 Households, Families and Friendship 359 – 74
154 Difficulties in Relationships 375 – 88
Part Six: Intercession
161 Leading Intercessions in Church Services
163 Some Orders of Intercession for Worship 389 – 97
173 Intercession – Offering Ourselves as Channels 398 – 407
176 For Children and Young People 408 – 19
181 For the Elderly 420 – 22
182 For the Sick and Those who Care for Them 423 – 32
186 For the Unhappy and the Lonely 433 – 36
188 For the Poor, the Hungry and the Desperate 437 – 49
193 For Victims of War, Oppression and Disaster, and for Refugees 450 – 55
196 For Prisoners of Conscience 456 – 63
199 Prayers for Peace and Justice 464 – 83
206 For the Leaders of the Nations 484 – 89
208 For Our Communities 490 – 510
216 For Places of Education 511 – 16
218 Science and Technology 517 – 24
221 For the Church: Its Unity and Integrity 525 – 35
224 For the Church: Service, Mission and Witness 536 – 54
Part Seven: Prayers in a Healing Ministry
233 Prayers in a Healing Ministry 555 – 63
Part Eight: Death and Dying
239 Our Own Dying 564 – 77
244 With the Dying 578 – 81
246 For Those Who have Died 582 – 86
248 Bereavement 587 – 99
254 A Miscarriage, a Still-born Child or the Death of a New-born Baby 600 – 603
Part Nine: Prayers in Quietness
259 Prayers in Quietness 604 – 27
Part Ten: Morning Prayers
269 Morning Prayers 628 – 55
Part Eleven: Evening and Night Prayers
279 Evening and Night Prayers 656 – 79
Part Twelve: Grace at Meals
289 Grace at Meals 680 – 87
Part Thirteen: Blessings
293 Blessings 688 – 703

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First Chapter

Seeking God
You will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.
DEUTERONOMY 4:29
1 O God, you are my God,
early will I seek you.
My flesh longs for you,
my soul thirsts for you,
in a barren and dry land where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1
2 Late have I loved you,
O Beauty so ancient and so new.
You called, and broke through my defences,
and now I long for you.
You breathed your fragrance on me,
and I drew in my breath and now I pant for you.
I tasted you, and now I hunger and thirst for you.
You touched me,
and I burn for your peace.
St Augustine of Hippo (354--430)
3 Lord Jesus, I am not an eagle. All I have are the eyes and the heart of one. In spite of my littleness, I dare to gaze at the sun of love, and I long to fly towards it.
St Therese of Lisieux (1873--1897)
4 Holy Spirit dwell in me,
that I may become prayer.
Whether I sleep or wake,
eat or drink,
labour or rest,
may the fragrance of prayer rise, without effort, in my heart.
Purify my soul and never leave me,
so that the movements of my heart and mind may, with voices full of sweetness,
sing in secret to God.
after St Isaac the Syrian (seventh century)
5 O sweetest love of God, too little known,
whoever has found you will be at rest.
Let everything change, O my God,
that I may rest in you.
How sweet to me is your presence,
you who are the sovereign good!
I will draw near to you in silence,
and will uncover your feet,
that it may please you to unite me with yourself,
making my soul your bride.
I will rejoice in nothing until I am in your arms;
O Lord, I beseech you, leave me not for a moment.
St John of the Cross (1542--1591)
6 Lord,
this moment is yours;
mine for you,
and yours for me.
I need you,
I cannot survive without you;
and yet I go on rushing through life as if I could do everything in my own strength.
Forgive me.
I know that you care for me at all times,
and that I am always in your hands;
but I still need to pause and let my heart and spirit be loved by you into loving you again.
A.A.
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