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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