Marcus Braybrooke is an Anglican minister who has been active in interfaith ministry and cooperation for 40 years. In this impressive anthology of 1,000 prayers, he has gathered material from the world's great religions and countless centuries. This devotional resource is organized into sections on God, Times and Seasons, Through All the Changing Scenes of Life, The World and Society, and The Natural World.
Here is a sampler of a few of the shorter prayers:
Stilling the Body
"I weave a silence on my lips
I weave a silence into my mind
I weave a silence within my heart
I close my ears to distractions
I close my eyes to attractions
I close my heart to temptations
Calm me O Lord, as you stilled the storm
Still me O Lord, keep me from harm
Let all tumult within me cease
Enfold me Lord in your peace.
— David Adam
Help Us to Listen
"God of listening, God of peace,
In our hearts may you increase,
Till our flow of words shall cease,
and we hear you.
Listening is the hardest skill,
Silences we strain to fill,
Far too restless to be still
And just hear you.
If our well-planned words defeat
Words of others that we meet,
Hesitant and incomplete,
Father, hear them.
If the insights that we seek
Come from someone tired and weak,
Looking for a chance to speak,
Help us hear them."
— Janet Shepperson
"Prayer is like watching
For the kingfisher.
All you can do is
Be where he is likely to appear
Often, nothing much happens:
There is space, silence
No visible sign.
Only the Knowledge
That he's been there
And may come again.
Seeing or not seeing cease to matter,
You have been prepared.
But sometimes when you've almost
Stopped expecting it,
A flash of brightness
— Ann Lewin