Prayers for the Journey

by Christine Sine
earth touches heaven

Earth touches heaven – photo by Coe Hutchison

I am a little late with posting last week’s prayers because of our time away but I am sure you will forgive me for that. This week as you can see I have focused particularly on the need to keep Jesus always in our sight, always before us. I am grappling at the moment with what that means and the challenges it continually presents to my perspectives. So I have started with the original “Keep Jesus in your sight” prayer even though I have already posted it last week.

Jesus you are the beginning and the end, the centre and circumference,

You are the word of God, the language of eternity,

Help me this day to begin every thought, every secret longing, every act and project with you,

Help me to keep you always in my sight.


God may I always be ready to pray,

May every book become the word of God to me,

May every place become the mount of God for me,

May every new experience and every circumstance,

Become an occasion to make haste towards your heart.


Lord Jesus Christ, may love of you shape our hearts,

May love for your purposes shape our lives,

May love for your kingdom shape our thoughts and words and deeds this day.


God may we see in others what you see in us,

Image bearers of the living God.

Christ may we be to others what you are to us,

Healer, redeemer, companion and friend.

Spirit may we do to others what you do for us,

Comforter, advocate, empowerer and guide.


May you live each moment for God today.

Let each breath that you take breathe in God,

Let each step that you make live for God,

Let each text that you write and each word that you type,

Say glory to the One who fills our world with life and love.


Living Christ I give you thanks for what you reveal,

Something fresh each morning, something new each evening

You are a constant surprise to me,

I hold my breath as new things unfold in every moment,

My soul tingles with expectancy and I thank you.

(Adapted from a prayer by E. Stanley Jones in The Way)


I thought that I would also include this prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr and posted by the Contemplative Network in response to the Aurora massacre.


Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardship as the

pathway to peace.


Taking this

sinful world as it IS,

not as I would have it.


Trusting that He will make

all things right if I

surrender to His Will;


That I may be reasonably happy

in this life, and supremely

happy forever in

the next.



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