A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 5 – For To-Day

Day 5, page 26 – first prayer

Prayer  for To-Day

[You know], O Heavenly Father , the duties that lie before us this day, the dangers that may confront us, and the sins that most beset us.  Guide us, strengthen us, protect us.  Give us [Your] Life in such abundance that we may this day hold our souls in [Your] pure  light.  Give us [Your] Power, that we may become a power for righteousness among our fellows.  Give us [Your] Love, that all lesser things may have no attraction for us; that selfishness and falseness may drop away as dead desires – holding no meaning for us.  Let us find [Your] Power, [Your] Life, [Your] Love in all mankind, and in the secret places of our own souls, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.  2 Timothy 1:7 ESV 

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  Acts 1:8 ESV

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13 ESV

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.  Luke 10:19 ESV 

For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.  1 Corinthians 4:20 ESV 

And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.  1 Corinthians 6:14 ESV

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Ephesians 6:10 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

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,  Ephesians 3:20 ESV 

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,  Colossians 1:11 ESV

And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”  Luke 24:49 ESV 

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 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 40:29-31 ESV

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.  2 Corinthians 13:11 ESV 

And what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might  Ephesians 1:19 ESV

That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.  1 Corinthians 2:5 ESV


You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, high your right hand.  Psalm 89:13 ESV

I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.  Psalm 116:1 ESV 

But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.  Psalm 59:16 ESV

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  Psalm 119:105 ESV

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 


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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