Prayers to Guide Learning

Prayer for Learning

Almighty God,
you have given your law to guide us in a life of love, and you have appointed teachers to interpret your will.
create in those who instruct your people
a mind to study your Word,
and good understanding,
so that we may all learn your truth
and do it gladly;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Master. Amen.

--Book of Common Worship, Prayer for Teachers in the Church, p. 810

Prayer for a Retreat

A Psalm about Self -- Joseph Bayly

Lord save me
from myself
my settled self
unsettle me
bring to end of rope
but only
if you
are at the end.
My procrastinating self
that can so easy find
side roads
that are more interesting
even ones where
errands can be run.
Send me back to
my comfort loving self
uncomfort me
pull the covers from me
on cold night
that I may wake. Starve my body
that my soul may feast.
My proud self.
Give me grace to bend myself
And keep me bent
lest you should one day
bend me to the breaking point.
My righteous self
show me sin
that lurks beneath
my conscious thought
that pushes me
to settling
comfort pride
and self
rationalizing self
that finds excuse
for what I do
and don't.
Save me from myself
Save me so that
self may die
and save me
from pride
that self is dead.