A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 2 – for Unselfishness

Day 2, page 8 – first prayer

a Prayer for Unselfishness

O Lord, give us more charity, more self-denial, more likeness to [You].  Teach us to sacrifice our comforts to others, and our desires for the sake of doing good.  Make us kindly in thought, gentle in word, generous in deed.  Teach us that it is better to serve than to be served; better to give than to receive; better to forget ourselves than to put ourselves forward.  And [to You], O Lord of Love, be glory and praise forever. [Amen.]

Suggested Old and New Testament verses:

 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4 ESV)

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:10 ESV)

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16 ESV )

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (John 13:34 ESV )

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: … (1 John 2:1-29 ESV )

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. (James 5:7 ESV )

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? (James 4:1 ESV )

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13 ESV )

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6 ESV )

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:10 ESV )

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. (1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV )

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 ESV )

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10 ESV )

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 ESV )

You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. (James 4:3 ESV )

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 ESV )

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 ESV )

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:18 ESV )

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 ESV )

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, … (1 Timothy 2:1-15 ESV )

For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 2:21 ESV )

Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. (1 Corinthians 10:24 ESV )

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. … (John 3:1-36 ESV )

After the death of Saul, when David had returned from striking down the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag. And on the third day, behold, a man came from Saul’s camp, with his clothes torn and dirt on his head. And when he came to David, he fell to the ground and paid homage. David said to him, “Where do you come from?” And he said to him, “I have escaped from the camp of Israel.” And David said to him, “How did it go? Tell me.” And he answered, “The people fled from the battle, and also many of the people have fallen and are dead, and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.” Then David said to the young man who told him, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?” … (2 Samuel 1:1-27 ESV )

In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband. … (Ruth 1:1-22 ESV )

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:15 ESV )

Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? (James 2:20 ESV )

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Hebrews 13:16 ESV )

Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:21 ESV )

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (Romans 12:13 ESV)

If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. (John 7:17 ESV )

And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. … (Luke 15:11-32 ESV)

Psalms: 

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! … (Psalm 119:1-176 ESV )

The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. (Psalm 145:17 ESV )

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:3-5 ESV)

In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.

* ” A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 2 – a Thanksgiving Prayer

Day 2, page 7 – first prayer

[Your] eyes shall see the King in His Beauty, they shall behold the land that is very far off.  Blessed be His glorious name for ever, and let the whole earth be filled with His glory, Amen & Amen.

a Thanksgiving Prayer

All glory, thanks, and praise be to [You], O Lord our God and Savior, for those who take up their cross bravely, and daily follow [You].  For those who tread the way of sorrow in the calm of faith.  For those who bear physical pain with sweet sanctifying grace.  For those who endure petty slights forgivingly.  Fir those who rise above still greater wrongs.  For those who continue their duties conscientiously, whether recognized, or not.  For those who love others unselfishly in [You, Lord Jesus] .  All glory be to the [You], O Lord, most high. Amen.

A. & M. (Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875- 1924)

 

007 Christ, whose glory fills the skies

 

169 My God, how wonderful thou art

 

546 Ye holy angels bright

 

Suggested Old and New Testament verses:

 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV )

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6 ESV )

 

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Ephesians 5:20 ESV )

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17 ESV )

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. … (Matthew 6:25-34 ESV )

You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. … (Isaiah 12:1-6 ESV )

 

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. (Hebrews 13:15 ESV)

 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15 ESV )

They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:23 ESV)

 

 

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. (2 Corinthians 2:14 ESV )

 

“And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings that one may offer to the Lord. If he offers it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the thanksgiving sacrifice unleavened loaves mixed with oil, unleavened wafers smeared with oil, and loaves of fine flour well mixed with oil. With the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving he shall bring his offering with loaves of leavened bread. And from it he shall offer one loaf from each offering, as a gift to the Lord. It shall belong to the priest who throws the blood of the peace offerings. And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten on the day of his offering. He shall not leave any of it until the morning. (Leviticus 7:11-15 ESV )

Psalms: 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 107:1 ESV )

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. (Psalm 7:17 ESV)

A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100:1-5 ESV)

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, (Psalm 50:14 ESV )

What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? (Psalm 116:12 ESV)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever; … (Psalm 136:1-26 ESV )

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. … (Psalm 95:1-6 ESV )

Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! (Psalm 31:19 ESV )

Psalm 19 (ESV)

The Law of the Lord Is Perfect
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

19 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice[b] goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,[c]
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules[d] of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 47 (ESV)

God Is King over All the Earth
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

47 Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
2 For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
a great king over all the earth.
3 He subdued peoples under us,
and nations under our feet.
4 He chose our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah
5 God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
7 For God is the King of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm![a]
8 God reigns over the nations;
God sits on his holy throne.
9 The princes of the peoples gather
as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
he is highly exalted!

Psalm 96 (ESV)

Worship in the Splendor of Holiness
96 Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts!
9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;[a]
tremble before him, all the earth!
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.”
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
12 let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
13 before the Lord, for he comes,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
and the peoples in his faithfulness.

 

In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.
* ” A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 1 – an Evening Prayer

Day 1, page 5 – first prayer

an Evening Prayer

O [You] who [did] tread the way of pain and sorrow for us, and spent the hours of darkness in prayer to [Your] Father, hear our petitions for all who are in pain or sickness, grant them strength and courage to face whatever this night may bring, to put their whole trust in [You]; In their own sufferings to remember others who also need our prayers and to give [You] thanks ALWAYS for ALL things.  “Thy touch had still its ancient power”.  [Thanks be to Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen]

Hymn by J. Keble: Hail, Gladdening Light, of His Pure Glory Poured

Day1EveningPrayer

Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

Saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow,  Luke 22:42-45 ESV

And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” …  Matthew 26:37-44 ESV 

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:4 ESV 

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 ESV

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7 ESV

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  Matthew 5:4 ESV 

But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord.  1 Samuel 1:15 ESV

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.  Romans 9:1-3 ESV 

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23 ESV 

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:1 ESV 

Psalms: 
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.  Psalm 30:5 ESV 

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. …  Psalm 51:1-19 ESV

In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.

* ” A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 1 – for Sympathy

Day 1, page 4 – first prayer

Prayer For Sympathy

Father, give us grace not to pass by suffering or joy without eyes to see; give us understanding and wise sympathy, and preserve us from clumsiness, that we may be sorry with those who weep, and glad with those who rejoice.  Use us, as [You can], to make happy and strong hearts of others, and humbly to set forth [Your] light, which is the Light of the world.  [In Jesus Name Amen.]

Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV 

For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.  Romans 6:14 ESV 

But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.  Romans 11:6 ESV 

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  James 4:6 ESV 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  Ephesians 2:8 ESV

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.  1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV 

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8 ESV 

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16 ESV 

You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.  Exodus 23:25 ESV 

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  James 4:6 ESV 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV 

“When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Luke 14:8-11 ESV 

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.  James 4:10 ESV 

Psalms: 

For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.  Psalm 51:16-17 ESV 

For not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them. Psalm 44:3 ESV 

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.  Psalm 25:9 ESV 

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.  Psalm 149:4 ESV 


In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.

* ” A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 1 – for Ourselves

Day 1, page 3 – third prayer

Prayer For Ourselves

O Lord, we [humbly ask You] to grant us sweet reasonableness in all our dealings with our fellow men, and each other.  Make us large-hearted in helping, and generous in criticizing.  Keep us from unkind words, and unkind silences.  Make us quick to understand the needs and feelings of others, and grant that, living in the brightness of [Your] presence, we might bring sunshine into cloudy places.  We ask this through Jesus Christ, the King of Love, Amen.



Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”  Acts 20:35 ESV 

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”  Luke 6:38 ESV 

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.  Proverbs 11:24-25 ESV 

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”  Luke 21:1-4 ESV

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:21 ESV

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. Proverbs 19:17 ESV 

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.  1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12 ESV 

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 ESV 

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  1 John 1:7 ESV 

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16 ESV

Psalms: 

It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.  Psalm 112:5 ESV

He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.  Psalm 37:26 ESV 

Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!  Psalm 119:36 ESV 

Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  Psalm 27:1 ESV

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  Psalm 119:105 ESV


In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.

* ” A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 1 – for Training School

Day 1, page 3 – second prayer

Prayer For Training School

O God, our keeper and helper, we humbly pray [You] watch over those who have gone forth from us to enter upon their several callings in this world.  May [Your] Fatherly care shield them, the love of [Your] dear Son preserve them from all evil, and the guidance of [Your] Holy Spirit keep them in the way that leads to eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. [Amen.]


Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Genesis 2:18 ESV 

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.  John 14:26ESV 

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 1 Corinthians 2:10ESV

And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’  Acts 22:16ESV

And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’  Acts 2:21 ESV

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  Matthew 28:19 ESV 

Psalms: 

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! …  Psalm 150:1-6 ESV 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, … Psalm 91:1-16 ESV 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[a]
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness[b]
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c]
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell[f] in the house of the Lord
    forever.[g]

Psalm 23


In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.

* ” A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 1 – for Fatih

Day 1, page 3 – first prayer

Prayer For Faith

Lord increase our faith.  Give us calm assurance and complete trust in [You], so that in everything that may happen to us this day we may believe that [Your] Hand is over all. Grant that in small troubles, as well as great, we may have the faith of little children, knowing that [You] the Eternal God, are our Refuge, and that underneath are [Your] everlasting arms. [For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.]


Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”  Matthew 21:22 ESV 

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.  Romans 10:17 ESV 

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.  Hebrews 11:6 ESV 

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  Mark 11:22-24 ESV 

You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!  James 2:19 ESV 

For nothing will be impossible with God.”  Luke 1:37 ESV 

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1 ESV 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV 

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  2 Peter 3:9 ESV 

But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”  John 5:17 ESV 

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.  Matthew 19:13-15 ESV 

All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.  Isaiah 54:13 ESV 

For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.  3 John 1:3-4 ESV 

Psalms: 

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  Psalm 46:10 ESV 

But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.  Psalm 131:2 ESV 

He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.  Psalm 107:29-30 ESV


In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.

* ” A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 1 – for Love of our Fellow-Men

Day 1, page 2 – third prayer

Prayer For Love for our Fellow-Men

Set a watch, O Lord, this day before our lips, and keep us from speaking evil of anyone. May we, with the help of [Your] Holy Spirit, seek out and remember only the best in everyone we meet today.  Grant that we may [forgive] and forget things that we dislike in others, and that, by our kindness and love for our fellow men, they may take knowledge of us, as [Your] disciples of old, that we have been with Jesus, and thus be drawn to [You]. [In Jesus Name, Amen].



Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 
But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. John 19:25 ESV

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” …  John 14:1-31 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  John 3:16-17 ESV 

And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, …  Matthew 22:1-46 ESV 

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. Proverbs 21:23 ESV 

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.  James 1:26 ESV 

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”  Matthew 12:36-37 ESV 

And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.  James 3:6-10 ESV 

For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;  1 Peter 3:10 ESV 

A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  Ecclesiastes 3:7 ESV 

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 ESV 

Psalms: 

I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.  Psalm 101:3 ESV 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, …  Psalm 91:1-16 ESV 

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?”  Psalm 12:3-4 ESV

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; … Psalm 1:1-6 ESV


In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.

* ” A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 1 – for Spiritual Strength

Day 1, page 2 – second prayer

Prayer For Spiritual Strength

O our Father, who taught us, by the life of [Your] Son Jesus Christ, to take time for quiet communion with [You], help us, in our so busy and occupied lives, to make time to seek that spiritual strength and peace of mind, which [You] can give; that so, refreshed and renewed by [Your] Holy Spirit, we may again take up our daily work, and ever present fight against all that is evil; conscious that wherever we are, we may have always in our hearts [Your] peace, which passe[s] all understanding.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 ESV

And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 ESV

And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.  Mark 6:31 ESV

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thess 5:16-18 NIV

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 ESV

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 ESV 

For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’ Deuteronomy 20:4 ESV

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV 

That times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.  Acts 3:20-21 ESV 

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.  3 John 1:2 ESV 

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7 ESV

Psalms: 

 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Psalm 127:2 ESV

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Psalm 37:7 ESV

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10ESV 

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.  Psalm 39:7 ESV

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?  Psalm 118:6 ESV 

The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.  Psalm 41:3 ESV 


In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.

* ” A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 1 – for the Sick in Our Hospital

Day 1, page 2 – first prayer

Prayer For the Sick in Our Hospital

Almighty God, we pray for [Your] Fatherly love, and tender compassion on the sick and suffering, and that [You will] use us to bring comfort and relief to them in their time of trial.  Especially for any who are waiting for an operation. Grant patience and tenderness to the [d]octors and [n]urses, and all who are doing [Your] work in this place. May we remember that [Your] touch has still it’s ancient power, and in [Your] Mercy heal us all, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

Jeremiah 17:14 ESV
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.
https://www.bible.com/bible/59/jer.17

Isaiah 53:5 ESV
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
https://www.bible.com/bible/59/isa.53

1 Peter 2:24 ESV
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
https://www.bible.com/bible/59/1pe.2

James 5:15 ESV
And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
https://www.bible.com/bible/59/jas.5

From Matthew
“Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, ‘Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?’ He said to them, ‘If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.’ Then he said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭12:9-14‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬
http://bible.com/113/mat.12.9-14.nivuk

From Luke
“One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal those who were ill. Some men came carrying a paralysed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.’”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:17-20‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬
http://bible.com/113/luk.5.17-20.nivuk

Suggested Reading from the Psalms:

In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.
* ” A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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