Father of Mercies, Come to My Help


Praying Hands

Painting of Duerer’s “Praying Hands,” painted on cloth by an unknown Korean artist, 1951. Editor’s collection.

Almighty God,
Father of mercies
and God of all comfort,
come to my help
and deliver me from
this difficulty that besets me.
I believe Lord,
that all trials of life
are under your care
and that all things work
for the good of those who love you.
Take away from me fear,
anxiety and distress.
Help me to face and endure my difficulty
with faith, courage and wisdom.
Grant that this trial
may bring me closer to you
for you are my rock and refuge,
my comfort and hope,
my delight and joy.
I trust in your love and compassion.
Blessed is your name,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and forever.

Source: Orthodox prayer, slightly modified from http://stpeterorthodoxchurch.com/other-orthodox-prayers/

Comfort and Care for All in Need

Lord God,
graciously comfort and care
for all who are imprisoned,
hungry, thirsty,
naked and miserable;
also all widows, orphans,
sick and sorrowing.
In brief,
give us our daily bread,
so that Christ may abide in us
and we in him forever,
and that with him
we may worthily bear
the name of Christian.

Source: Attributed to Martin Luther, found in https://www.globalchristiannews.org/article/leader-who-encouraged-persecuted-christians-eulogius-of-cordoba-859/