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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