Always be joyful, pray continually;
give thanks, whatever happens.
- Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
You gave me room when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.
- How long, you people, shall my honour suffer shame?
How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies? Selah
- But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
- When you are disturbed, do not sin;
ponder it on your beds, and be silent.Selah
- Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Lord.
- There are many who say, ‘O that we might see some good!
Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!’
- You have put gladness in my heart
more than when their grain and wine abound.
- I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.
The Armour of God
grant us your wisdom and favour,
give us the grace to cast off the works of darkness
and put on the full armour of God,
now in the time of this mortal life,
Place on us the belt of truth, because you are the way,
and the truth and the life,
the breastplate of righteousness,
because we have no righteousness of our own,
but you became our righteousness on the cross.
Place on us shoes of the Gospel of peace
that we miss no opportunity to share your love with others.
Put on us the shield of faith,
that the fiery darts of the enemy do not harm us in any way.
Put on us the helmet of salvation,
that our minds be protected and renewed daily in You.
Put on us the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God;
and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all for ever more.