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COLLECT IN TIME OF PESTILENCE — O God, You desire not the death of sinners, but rather that we turn from our wickedness and live. Graciously behold Your people who plead to You and spare us. Withdraw the scourge of Your wrath and be moved in mercy to turn away this pestilence from us; for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

FOR GOVERNMENT — Lord God, as I pray for all who are in authority, I thank You especially for the form of government given us in our beloved country. Give me the grace with my fellow citizens to value the officers and the magistrates of our government as those sent by You. Instill in me that respect and honor that is due them. Lord, endow them with wisdom for their several duties, with a spirit of sacrifice for the common welfare, with mercy and justice, with uprightness and kindliness. Correct the evils of selfishness, greed, a vain desire for honor, or abuse of power among us as well as in the other governments of the world. Grant that the true purposes of government may prevail, safeguarding peace and prosperity, so that we may live soberly and uprightly in Your sight and have opportunity to tell of You and Your kingdom. These petitions I direct to You because in Jesus I know You as my Father and Lord. Amen.

FOR PUBLIC SAFETY ORGANIZATIONS AND WORKERS — In accordance with Your Word, O God, my Savior, hear the prayers I pray for all those in authority. As You have ordained these powers so that I might live a quiet, peaceable, and godly life in this present age, prosper them in their blessed vocation as police, fire, and emergency medical officers. As they protect, protect them, O Lord, from all harm and danger. Keep them safe in their work. Give them success in preserving the life and property that You have graciously given to us. May they find joy in performing the service You have given them to do. May they be ever mindful of Your presence with them, even in their darkest hour. Comfort their loved ones who share them with us and who weep when they weep. When they are weak, give them strength. When they are afraid, give them courage. When they are in doubt, grant them wisdom from above. When they have sinned, grant them repentance and true faith in Christ, who made the ultimate sacrifice in order to save us all from sin and eternal death. Grant them the peace of Christ. Amen.

FOR FIELDS AND CROPS — Bounteous God, we praise Your power and majesty which You have revealed in the growing things of Your creation on land and in the sea. Teach me, dear Lord, to know that in due season You supply daily bread for us and all mankind. Banish from our hearts all selfishness, all pride. Give us the needed diligence and necessary skill in the sowing and gathering of our harvests. Protect our fields from pestilence, hail, fire, and floods, and let the earth yield its increase. If it be Your good will, grant peace and prosperity to the nation, that each one may find sufficient bread for his daily need. Quicken our hearts to share with the needy wherever they may be. Make us a thankful people as we enjoy working amid growing things, and open our eyes to behold the beauty of Your creation. Teach us to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness, and then add the necessary food and protection for today. Grant that the fruits of the field may find their way to those who are most in need, according to Your grace. These gifts I ask of You because You are the giver of all things we need for body and for soul. Amen.

IN A STORM OR NATURAL DISASTER — Heavenly Father, I know Your greatness and my weakness, Your majesty and my unworthiness. By this present storm (disaster), You call us to the knowledge of our sin and to true repentance, lest we forget Your just judgment against sin. Do not let us be condemned with this wicked and evil world. O Lord, I am helpless and need Your protection. For Jesus’ sake abide with me. Lift up Your face and be gracious to me in this fearful time of danger, and do not test me beyond my strength. Protect my home and my dear ones, especially those who are weak and helpless. Send Your holy angel, that I may continue safely to my journey’s end. Give me faith to cast my anxieties and cares on You, who stills storms and guides the souls of men through every danger; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

FOR STRONGER FAITH — Lord Jesus, I believe. Help my unbelief! Strengthen my weak and flickering faith. I know that You are my wisdom, my righteousness, my sanctification, and my redemption. Lord, strengthen this faith in me, that I may never fear nor faint in any trial or temptation. You alone are the Author and Finisher of my faith. Though my faith be tried with fire, may I ever be found strong and unmovable to the glory of Your holy name. Let me firmly trust in Your blood, which cleanses me from all sin, that though my sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. When I am enticed by sin and the world beckons and my own passions want to yield, help my unbelief, and give me the strength and will to resist. When trials, sorrow, and affliction want to rob me of this trust, O Lord, help me to remain steadfast and true. Strengthen my faith in Your promise that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to Your purpose to be Your own here in time and there in eternity. You, O almighty Lord, can help; You, O gracious Lord, will help my unbelief; You, O merciful Lord, will strengthen my faith. Lord, I believe! Amen.

STRIFE IN THE HOME — Father of all, who blesses us beyond measure, You placed us together that we might be a help to each other, that we would support and strengthen the other, not only for the trials of this life, but also in faith and for the life to come. Have mercy on us; I have not lived my life according to Your will, and by choosing my will over Yours, I have brought strife into my home.

O God, You know how prone my heart is to mistrust, temper, lack of patience, and strife. Forgive me for praying so little, for my want of love, for stubbornly insisting on my rights and my own way. Come to us and help us. Make us to know again that without Your peace our hearts will have no peace. Give us, O God, the will and the means to be reconciled to You and to one another; join us to Yourself through Word and Sacrament, that we may live together and with You in the peace that only You can give; through Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

A PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER’S PRAYER — O God of order and Lord of all power, You have established law and order so that we might live quiet, peaceable, and godly lives in this brief earthly pilgrimage. I thank and praise You that in my vocation as a police/fire/emergency medical officer, You have allowed me a part in Your work of preserving the life and property You have graciously given Your children on earth. You know, dear Father, that my work is fraught with danger and sorrow, frustration and temptation, and I acknowledge that I cannot succeed in it without Your constant care. When I am weak, give me strength; when afraid, courage; when tempted to do wrong, Your Holy Spirit; when unappreciated, the assurance of Your own approval; and when I have sinned, the certainty that all my transgressions have been fully atoned for by Christ, my loving Lord. Comfort, I pray, my loved ones, who share the joys and sorrows of my vocation with me. Bless my fellow officers and the people we serve, for into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Amen.

FOR FAITHFUL WORK — Almighty God and Father, without whose help and blessing all labor is in vain, remember me in my work this day. If it be Your will, give me a prosperous day and lead me to find satisfaction and contentment in the tasks at hand. May all my work be done well, that I may glorify You with honest work; for the sake of Him who completed His work for us, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

OF ONE WHO IS IN BUSINESS — Lord, You have prospered the labor of my hands and have given success to my undertakings. Oh, kind and gracious Father, grant me always a grateful heart, that I may never forget how completely unworthy I am of all the mercies and of all the truth You have shown Your servant. Grant me a lively sense of my responsibilities and obligations, which You have placed upon me. Deeply impress upon me the need of remaining humble, of trusting not in wealth or material goods but in You, the living God, and in Your Son, my only Savior. Keep me mindful that You, who have so richly given me all things to enjoy, can quickly take away all that I have. Teach me, O God of love, to be rich in good works, always ready to help my brothers and sisters, ever willing to contribute, according to my ability, toward the building up of Your kingdom, both here and abroad. By the power of Your Spirit, help me to store up treasure not merely upon this earth, but especially in heaven, which Christ has procured for me by the payment of His precious blood. Amen.

IN BUSINESS REVERSALS — The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord! My dear heavenly Father, Your poor, tormented child flees to You for comfort, peace of mind, guidance, and help. You know better than I the worries and anxious feelings troubling my heart and my mind. There is nowhere else to go in my distress but to You, my gracious Father.

Humble me under Your mighty hand, so that I may cast all my cares upon You, the One who loves and cares for me. I know that even these business reversals are sent as a needed humbling for my eternal welfare. Heavenly Father, for the sake of Your Son, my Redeemer, forgive me all my sins. May these losses teach me to know the uncertainty and vanity of all earthly possessions. Create in me that godliness and contentment that is of greater gain.

According to Your gracious and holy will, lead me to success and prosperity. If not, then, Lord, let me become richer in faith and in good works. Supply me each day with daily bread, and grant me the grace to live trustingly and to remain as Your loving, obedient child, even as You correct me. Enable me to firmly cling to the words of Your promise: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Your will be done, my heavenly Father; for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

DURING HARD TIMES — Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Merciful Father, You know how difficult these days are for me. In Your holy Word You have promised to hear those who cry unto You in the day of trouble. Listen to my cries for mercy and send me help from the sanctuary of Your grace. Preserve me from bitterness of spirit, and rescue me from every temptation to despair. Calm my frustrations with the knowledge that my life is secure in Your redeeming love, for I am baptized into the death and resurrection of Your Son. Draw me out of self-centered worry, which stifles faith, and cause me to take comfort in the great and precious promises that You have made to me and all believers in the Gospel. Sustain and strengthen me under every cross and affliction, that Your grace might be made perfect in my weakness. Give me confidence to pray without losing heart and to trust in Your mighty deliverance according to Your good and gracious will. Father, into Your hands I commend myself. Hear me, for the sake of Your Son, who alone is my Brother and Savior. Amen.

OF A FAMILY DURING UNEMPLOYMENT — Heavenly Father, we come to You for aid and encouragement during these days of unemployment. Give us a fuller measure of faith in the promises of Your Word. Grant that we may live trustingly one day at a time, knowing that You will not fail us. Even the little we receive we accept with grateful hearts. Protect us from the dangers of enforced idleness, unnecessary worry, and sleepless nights. Provide for our family, and supply the means to find regular employment. Root out greed, selfishness, and all other distress in our family. Grant us success, earnestness, sobriety, and skill as we seek work. Heavenly Father, You bless a person through the labor of his hands, satisfy our hunger with bread, and comfort our souls with the peace that comes only from our relationship with You; through Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

AT TIMES OF ILLNESS IN THE FAMILY — Almighty God, with whom all things are possible, hear our prayer as we come to You in trouble and distress. You are our hiding place. You are our very present help in trouble. We have no other refuge in an hour like this. Gracious Lord, You can heal. Your grace can restore to health and give us strength to carry on. We know that You are compassionate, for You have sent Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer the death of the cross in order to redeem us and make us Your own. As You did not forsake Him, surely You will not abandon us in this time of great need. As You raised Him from the dead on the third day, so we ask that You would also raise us up with Him from this present danger. O Lord, we humble ourselves before You and confess our many sins. We pray, merciful Father, for Your grace hour by hour. Forgive us and restore us, for You have made us Your own children in Christ. Remove the worries and anxious fears that would crush us. Give us grace to trust in You, whose will is wiser than our own, for we have been baptized into the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

AT THE APPROACH OF DEATH — O Lord, one whom I love and care about is dying. Yet Your love of him (her) is still greater, for You have redeemed him (her) with the precious blood of Your Son. If it be Your will that he (she) should pass out of this mortal life, receive him (her) to Yourself in glory. If this be his (her) last night on earth, let Your holy angels take him (her) into Your presence, where there is no more pain and suffering and sin, but fullness of joy forevermore. Wash him (her) of all sin, and accept him (her) for Jesus’ sake. Strengthen our faith, and keep us close to You. In Jesus’ name we ask it. Amen.

OF AN ELDERLY PERSON (1) — Lord God, our continual refuge, our life in old age, in whose hands our time abides, look! The years that do not please me have come upon me. For my abilities in this advanced age are continually being taken from me, and all about me, difficulties and weaknesses have increased in number. You have so graciously and fatherly cared for me from the time that I was in the womb. Until now, from my youth, You have remained my hope. Therefore, I humbly ask you not to depart from me in my old age, in which I have grown gray and weak, but until my life's blessed end lift me up, bear me, and save me. Especially I pray to You, O gracious Father, that You would govern and lead me with Your Holy Spirit, that I may wholly dedicate the rest of my time on earth to be with You, so that, even in my sighing, I may remain faithful on this Christian pilgrimage. Strengthen me in this time of preparation for a blessed end. May I be ready, so that today or tomorrow my life should reach its goal, I may, with old Simeon, in peace depart this world unto life eternal. Amen.

OF ONE WHO IS ILL (1) — Lord, with my anxious cares and troubles I come to You, trusting in Your Word and believing in Your promises. You know that I have been greatly upset by the worries, fears, and doubts of the day. You must be my strength and refuge if I am to find peace of mind and healing for my body. Uphold me with Your almighty arm.

I am not worthy of Your love and mercy, for I have sinned and often done evil in Your sight. Blot out all my transgressions through Christ’s precious blood. Fill my soul with peace. Give me the grace to put all my trust in You. Let Your healing hand rest upon me day after day. Enable me by Your grace to rise above all my suffering to praise You, whose will is wiser than my own. Keep my household and me in Your saving grace, and abide with us all the days of our lives; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

OF ONE WHO IS ILL (2) — Lord Jesus, strength of the weary and a very present help to all who are in distress, I come to You with my many burdens and sins. Cleanse my soul, O Lord, and heal my body. Safely see me through the troubled waters of the day. Remove all sinful thoughts and worries from my heart, and let me find peace in You. Lead me again to Calvary to behold Your boundless love, O gracious Savior. Fill my soul with the joy of forgiveness and the hope of everlasting life. Let not the sufferings and cares of this day make me despondent. Teach me to believe that Your abiding presence will uphold me from hour to hour. Give me peaceful days and restful nights. Bless me with a refreshing sleep. Come to me with healing in Your wings. Speak to my soul the comforting promises of Your Word, and keep me steadfast in the faith to the end. Bless this household, and keep all of us cheerful, hopeful, and confident. I ask this of You who has redeemed me with Your own blood. Amen.

OF ONE WHO IS ILL (3) — Divine Lord, You have been gracious and merciful to me in Christ Jesus. Forgive me all my sins day after day. Accept my thanks for this Your goodness. Let me find my joy in You, the one who has brought to my heart salvation and peace.

In Your mercy look upon my distress and pain, and forgive me all my sins and all my worry. Ease my sufferings, and make me patient and cheerful in my affliction. Bless those who take care of me. Let them not become weary in this service that they must render to me. Keep me faithful to Your Word, and grant that I may continue in Your grace until life’s journey ends and I behold You in the glory of eternity; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

OF ONE WHO IS ILL (4) — Jesus, my Savior and the Shepherd of my soul, embrace me with Your love, and protect me throughout this day. I need You, for I am wounded and bruised, sick at heart, and in trouble and distress. To You I come. Forgive me all my sins in Your mercy and love, and uphold me amid these trials and tribulations. Strengthen my faith. Take every doubt out of my heart, and lead me into Your Word, where You promise to be with me always in every situation of life. Calm my nerves. Put my mind at ease. Make me hopeful and patient. O Christ, have mercy upon me. O Christ, be with me now and forever. Amen.

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