Prayers for Love
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres." —1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Because love is patient: Help me to be slow to judge, but quick to listen, hesitant to criticize, but eager to encourage, remembering your endless patience with me.
Because love is kind: Help my words to be gentle and my actions to be thoughtful. Remind me to smile and to say "Please" and "Thank You" because those little things still mean so much.
Because love does not envy or boast, and it is not proud:Help me have a heart that is humble and sees the good in others. May I celebrate and appreciate all that I have and all that I am, as well as doing the same for those around me.
Because love is not rude or self-seeking: Help me to speak words that are easy on the ear and on the heart. When I'm tempted to get wrapped up in my own little world, remind me there's a great big world out there full of needs and hurts.
Because love is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs: Help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me. When I want to hold onto a grudge, gently help me release it so I can reach out with a hand of love instead.
Because love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth: Help me stand up for what is right and good. May I defend the defenseless, and help the helpless. Show me how I can make a difference.
Because love always protects and always trusts: Help me to be a refuge for those around me. When the world outside is harsh and cold, may my heart be a place of acceptance and warmth.
Finally, because love always perseveres: Help my heart continually beat with love for You and others. Amen.
O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbour as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen
Lord help me to find Love
Guide me in the direction of truth and joy,
That there is another person like me,
With the same goodness and interests at heart,
With your help I will find the one I am looking for,
To abate the loneliness of life,
Keep me under your wing,
And grant me the happiness I deserve.
Lord, Make me an instrument of your love.
May I see each circumstance in my life as an opportunity to grow in your love.
May I see my environment as a place to grow in your love.
May I then take this love to other people...
When I am tempted to become impatient, help me to be patient.
When I am tempted to become unkind, help me to be kind.
When I am tempted to become jealous, help me to be tolerant.
When I am tempted to become boastful or proud, help me give you the glory.
When I am tempted to be rude or selfish, give me the gift of gentleness.
When I am tempted to take offense, help me to let go.
When I am tempted to become angry with someone, give me the gift of forgiveness.
When I am tempted to become resentful, give me your power to love.
Lord, grant that I may take no pleasure in criticizing others, but that I may see good in them, as you do.
When I begin to concentrate on the faults and failures of others, give me courage to praise their accomplishments.
Help me be loyal to those you give me to love.
Help me to believe in them, even when they do not believe in themselves.
To expect the best from them, but accept the best they can give.
May I always defend them, as you always defend me.
All gifts and powers come from you.
All will come to an end.
With one important exception, the gift of love!!!
Lord, when I was a child,
I thought like a child,
I acted like a child,
and I reasoned like a child.
Now that I have become an adult,
I release my childish ways.