27 Apr Prayers for the Week 27 April, chosen by Susan Shriver
Blessed are you, Sovereign God
ruler and judge of all,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of this age that is passing away
may the light of your presence which the saints enjoy surround our steps as we journey on.
May we reflect your glory this day
and so be made ready to see your face
in the heavenly city where night shall be no more. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.
from Morning Prayer Common Worship: Daily Prayer
How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your alter,
LORD Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of
the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our
adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For
in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no
hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But
if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who
searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because
the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with
the will of God.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray
that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.