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Prayer is simply communication with God through written or spoken words, thoughts,

meditation, or song. The three keys to prayer are to be personal, with purpose,
and persistent. Here are some famous ones. The weather prayer was made famous by
General Patton requesting the aid of God to advance the allies towards victory
during World War two. Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee,
of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had
to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers
who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to
victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy
justice among men and nations. The prayer of Jabez was a best selling book and
inspiration to many. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou
wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with
me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God
granted him that which he requested. 1 Chronicles 4:10 The Lord's model prayer
found in Matthew 6:9-13. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art
in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as
it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we
forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Asa's
prayer for help against the million man army of Ethiopia. And Asa cried unto the
Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many,
or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and
in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our God; let no man
prevail against thee. So the Lord smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before
Judah; and the Ethiopians fled. 2 Chronicles 14:11-12 The prayer made by their
king that saved Israel from three invading armies. And Jehoshaphat stood in the
congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new
court, And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest
not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not
power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who
didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest
it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have
built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us,
as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and
in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our
affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. And now, behold, the children of Ammon
and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came
out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;
Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which
thou hast given us to inherit. O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no
might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to
do: but our eyes are upon thee. 2 Chronicles 20:5-12 Francis Assisi was a Deacon
and founder of a Friars (similar to monks) order. Lord, make me an instrument of
your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is
darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that I may not so much seek to
be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to
love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are
pardoned. It is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. Reprinted from a
prayer book used by George Washington. A Morning Prayer. Almighty God, and most
merciful father, who didst command the children of Israel to offer daily sacrifice
to thee, that thereby they might glorify and praise thee for thy protection both
night and day; receive , O Lord, my morning sacrifice which I now offer up to
thee; I yield thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the
dangers of the night past, and brought me to the light of this day, and the
comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated to thine own service and for thine
own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory
and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and
discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me; and since thou art a God of
pure eyes, and wilt be sanctified in all who draw near unto thee, who doest not
regard the sacrifice of fools, nor hear sinners who tread in the courts, pardon, I
beseech thee, my sins, remove them from thy presence, as far as the east is from
the west, and accept of me for the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, that when I
come into thy temple, and compass thine alter, my prayers may come before thee as
incense; and as thou wouldst hear me calling upon thee in my prayers, so give me
grace to hear thee calling on me in thy word, that it may be wisdom,
righteousness, reconciliation and peace to the saving of my soul in the day of the
Lord Jesus. Grant that I may hear it with reverence, receive it with meekness,
mingle it with faith, and that it may accomplish in me, gracious God, the good
work for which thou has sent it. Bless my family, kindred, friends and country, be
our God and guide this day and for ever for his sake, who lay down in the Grave
and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. A prayer based on Proverbs
3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Lord Jesus Christ, my God, You have said, "Apart from me You can do nothing." In
faith I embrace Your words, Lord, and I entreat Your goodness. Help me to carry
out the work I am about to begin, and to bring it to completion. To You I give
glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. Almighty God, our Help and Refuge, who
knows that we can do nothing right without Your guidance and help; direct me by
Your wisdom and power, that I may accomplish this task and, whatever I do
according to Your divine will, so that it may be beneficial to me and others and
to the glory of Your holy Name. Amen. My Lord and Savior, You became man and
labored with Your hands until the time of Your ministry. Bless me as I begin this
work. Help me to bring it to completion. Lord, enlighten my mind and strengthen my
body, that I may accomplish my task according to Your will. Guide me to bring
about works of goodness to Your service and glory. Amen. The Serenity Prayer for
peace of heart and mind. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot
change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as
the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I
would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His
will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next. Amen.