Lord, teach us to Pray
O Lord, God Almighty, who hast ever been the Inspirer of the great thoughts and the Enabler of the high achievements, and who art the -keeper of the souls of those who have passed through life in fear of Thee; give us, we pray Thee, such a measure of their vision and their courage that strengthened by our knowledge of their fellowship we may share in the .assurance and the service of Thy coming Kingdom.
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Lord, we beseech Thee day by day to purify the motives of our work. Lift up our hearts that in our daily labour we may prove that love is the virtue of all virtues, the power of all powers from whence all the wonders of God have been wrought by the hands of His chosen servants. Enlarge us that we may gather into our thoughts and deeds all people and causes that we can serve.
O God, who has given us hands to grasp and wield, and minds to direct them, accept our thanks for these things and grant us Thy continued grace so that we misuse not the powers that Thou hast given us, but rather by the putting of our hands to Thy plough and the setting of our feet in the furrow, the seed that Thou art ever sowing in the world may have ground prepared to receive it.
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A Communion Prayer.
We give thanks to Thee, our Father, for the life and knowledge, which Thou madest known to us through Thy servant Jesus. To Thee be the glory for ever. As this broken bread was scattered upon the hills, and was gathered together and made one, so let Thy Church be gathered together into Thy Kingdom from the ends of the earth; for Thine is the glory and the power through Christ Jesus for ever.
—The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, 2nd Century.
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