A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 4 – The Love of God

Day 4, page 19 – first prayer

a Thanksgiving Prayer

THE LOVE OF GOD

God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. [John 3:16]

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us. [1 John 4:10]

A Thanksgiving

We give [You] humble thanks, most merciful Father, that [You do] graciously hear the prayers of [Your] servants who call upon [You], and [have] done for us great things [for which] we rejoice; we desire to thank [You], O most loving Father, for all [Your] goodness [promised to us], through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.


Hymns:

A. & M. (Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950)

 

197 The King of love my Shepherd is

 

210 Rock of ages, cleft for me

 

520 Stalwart as pillars bearing high their burdens

S of P Index of Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931

 

507 Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost

 

654 The King of love my Shepherd is

 

694 When all thy mercies, O my God



Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

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 

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.  Proverbs 16:18-19 ESV

Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.  Daniel 4:37 ESV 

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

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Luke 18:10-14 ESV

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  1 John 1:8 ESV

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23 ESV 

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.  Leviticus 19:18 ESV 

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  Micah 6:8 ESV

Psalms:

12 you let men ride over our heads;
we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.
13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings;
I will perform my vows to you,
14 that which my lips uttered
and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals,
with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah
16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,
and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
17 I cried to him with my mouth,
and high praise was on my tongue.  Psalm 66:12-17 (ESV)

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s…. Psalm 103:1-22

1 I love the Lord, because he has heard
my voice and my pleas for mercy.
2 Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
3 The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!” … Psalm 116:1-19

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

 

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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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