A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 4 – An Evening Prayer

Day 4, page 23 – first prayer

An Evening Prayer 

O [Lord] to whom the Darkness and Light are both alike, calm our troubled minds and hearts with [Your] peace, may we ask this like the psalmist of old “lay down in peace” for it is [You] Lord ONLY that makes [us] dwell in safety, we ask this through, and for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Hymn Written by R. Hayes Robinson:

Holy Father, cheer our way


Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  Romans 12:17-21 ESV 

And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.  James 3:18 ESV

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. …  James 2:14-24 ESV

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

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Romans 14:17 ESV

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.  Isaiah 32:17 ESV

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.  1 Thessalonians 5:15 ESV

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”  Luke 2:14 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

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.  James 3:17 ESV 

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Philemon 1:3 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.  1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Matthew 6:34 ESV 

 

May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.  Romans 15:33 ESV

Psalms:

May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!  Psalm 29:11 ESV 

Psalm 23 (ESV)

The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David.

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.


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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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