As a Christian raised in a tradition where “Our Father” was one of the few “memorized” prayers, I am late to understanding that there are traditions where prayers have been written, recorded, recited and read for a multitude of occasions both ordinary and liturgical by faithful servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. Only now in my sixties do I often find the very words my heart longs to pray to God. So I want to share some of these with those of you like me who may not have been introduced or who may even have been warned about.
The following is a “General Thanksgiving”. Praying these words from my heart turns my eyes upon Jesus.
Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you
for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world
by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray,
give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts
we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up ourselves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer/Book of Divine Worship