A prayer to start your day from the Methodist Book Concern
Almighty God, in you there is no darkness at all.
Give us your eternal light. When we cannot see the way before us,
may we continue to put our trust in you,
that under your guidance and protection we may be kept from falling this day,
and finally, by your mercy, enter into our rest;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Freely modified from Service and Prayers for Church and Home,
Ed. Wilbur Patterson Thirkield, Methodist Book Concern, 1918) link
Arise and Shine in My Heart
(Chosen in part due to the fact it was posted by the Wartburg Press.)
O Lord Jesus, Creator of all things, the light of the glory of the Father in heaven.
I thank you for letting me see the light of a new day!
Bright Sun of Righteousness, arise and shine in my heart,
so that I may walk as a child of light as in the day,
and finally see you in the eternal light of joy everlasting.
(Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#12))
Prayer of St Clement: 1st century
St. Clement was a leader in the church of Rome in the 1st century. This prayer is taken from his letter to the church at Corinth,
which is considered to be one of the oldest surviving Christian documents outside the New Testament.
This is an excerpt from the much longer complete prayer.
We ask you, Master, to be our helper and protector.
Save those among us who are in distress;
have mercy on the humble;
raise up the fallen;
show yourself to those in need;
heal the sick;
turn back those of your people who wander;
feed the hungry;
ransom our prisoners;
raise up the weak;
comfort the discouraged.
Let all the nations know that you are the only God,
that Jesus Christ is your servant,
and that we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.
The love of the Lord Jesus
draw you to himself;
the power of the Lord Jesus
strengthen you in his service;
the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.