Prayers, meditation, contemplation are means to get closer to God. You will find materials which have helped members of the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church in their daily or occasional devotions. These prayers, poems and other materials can be used by all.
May God bless you.
Almighty and everlasting God,
in whom we live and move and have our being,
you created us for yourself,
so that our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.
Grant to us such piety of heart and strength of purpose
that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will,
and no weakness from doing it.
In your light may we see life clearly
and in your service find perfect freedom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Praying for others
Lord Jesus Christ, so many people in this world are prevented from reaching their true potential, whether by being oppressed by others, or by lacking confidence in their own abilities. Reach out to them, Lord, and lift them. Show them that you love and value them for who they are, not what they have, or have not, done.
You were able to use ordinary people like fishermen and bring out the best in them in order to spread your word of love, peace, joy and justice. Be close, now, to the oppressed of this world, those seeking justice, those whose lives are torn apart by wars, those who are being bullied. You are truly our Saviour, and we pray in your name.
Praying for myself
You ask a lot of me, God!
How can I love my enemies? Those who seek to make my life a misery?
That’s simply too much to ask!
But when Jesus was on the cross he forgave those who had put him there.
Can you help me to forgive others?
Is that what you mean, Lord, when you tell us to love our enemies? To have that something in our hearts that enables us to forgive, as you forgave?
I struggle with this, but I think I know what you mean – I can’t do it alone, though.
Be with me in this, for Jesus’ sake.