Historically Christians have used set prayers to learn how to pray and to be guided in this most holy endeavor. Examples of this come from the Bible itself. Jesus famously gave the Lord’s prayer in response to the request of the disciples to teach them to pray. Christians have been following his lead ever since.
This passage in Ecclesiastes is about living life in the midst of the unknown and uncertain. Rather than being timid, we venture out in generosity, joy, and godliness.
I have included some of my favorite prayers related to those themes, with the hope that you might find them helpful and useful for your journey in the midst of this vapor of uncertainty we call life.
O God, who hast made the heaven and the earth and all that is good and lovely therein, and has shown us through Jesus our Lord that the secret of joy is a heart set free from selfish desires: Help us to find delight in simple things and ever to rejoice in the richness of your bounty; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Joy in Others’ Happiness
O God, the wind of whose Spirit blows where it wills, and whose rain falls where it wills: quicken our ears to hear and our eyes to see the signs of your presence, not only where our habits and conventions expect them, but wherever your bounty bestows them. So shall our lives be gladdened by every miracle of grace, and our wills be alert to praise your goodness to every creature; for His name’s sake who was born of the Spirit, the only Savior of the world. Amen.
Almighty Lord and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech you, to direct, sanctify, and govern both our hearts and our bodies in the ways of your laws, and in the works of your commandments; that, through your most mighty protection both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Heavenly Father, who has made the world with beauty: open, we pray, our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of Him by whom all things were made, Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: give unto your servants that peace which the world cannot give; that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments, and also that by you, we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Most loving Father, who willest us to give thanks for all things, to dread nothing but the loss of Thee, and to cast all out care on Thee, who carest for us: preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which Thou hast manifested unto us in Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.