A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 4 – For Happiness

Day 4, page 22 – second prayer

Prayer for Happiness

Grant to us, O God, the royalty of inward happiness and the serenity which comes from living close to [You].  Daily renew in us the sense of joy and let [Your] Spirit dwell in our hearts; that we may [carry] about in us the infection of a good courage, and meet all life’s ills and accidents with a gallant and high-hearted happiness, giving [You] thanks always, for all things. [For the sake and in the name of Jesus, we pray, Amen.]


Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31 ESV

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:2 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.   2 Corinthians 12:9 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

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:1 ESV

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  Genesis 1:26 ESV

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19 ESV

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.   1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV

Psalms:

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


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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 Hospitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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