Here Are Some Practical Tools That Will Transform Your Heart

Establishing a Rule of Prayer Will Change Your Life From the Inside-Out

Last week we had a couple stay with us. They were interested in deepening their relationship with God. Each of them came with a hunger to know God more intimately on their journey. We discussed a few ways this could happen. But one way that caught their attention was liturgical prayer. “How can we establish a rhythm of prayer which draws our heart to God?” They asked for practical tools that would help. 

Today, I share some of the prayers that I say daily which help draw my heart to the Father, Son, and Spirit. These are time-tested prayers that have been repeated by Christians for hundreds of years. By saying these words from your heart, you follow the example Jesus gave His disciples when they asked him, “Teach us to pray.” Jesus gave them words to say and a way to say them.

These are not prayers I’ve made up. I don’t trust myself. I merely enter the prayers being offered to God by thousands of others who are saying these same prayers. 

I encourage you to adopt these prayers into a morning “rule of prayer.” Over time, you will find your heart being gently transformed and lovingly suited to the heart of God. Ignore the critics – inner & outer. A prayer liturgy trains your body, soul, and spirit to love God. New and regular routines are how you become a changed person.  

Begin with: 

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, everywhere present and filling all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of life, come and abide in us, cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O Good One. 

Then, The Trisagion Prayers:

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us. (3x)

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen 

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. O Lord, cleanse us from our sins. O Master, pardon our iniquities O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, both now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen. 

Our Father in heaven, hallowed by Your name. Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 

Lord, have mercy. (12x) 

Come, let us worship God our King. 

Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and our God. 

Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and our God. 

Then, the Prayer of St. Philaret of Moscow (1782-1867) (from Francois de Fenelon, 1651-1715)

O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon Your holy will. In every hour of the day, reveal Your will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul and the firm conviction that Your will governs all. In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by You. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring. Direct my will; teach me to pray; pray You Yourself in me. Amen. 

Then, an Intercessory Prayer for Your Children, Relatives and Friends: 

O God, our Heavenly Father, who loves mankind, and who is most merciful and compassionate, have mercy upon your servants (name those whom you wish to remember) for whom I humbly pray to You and commit to your gracious care and protection. Be their guide and guardian, O God, in all their endeavors, and lead them in the path of your truth, and draw them nearer to You, that they may lead a godly and righteous life in Your love and fear; doing Your will in all things. Give them grace that they may be temperate, industrious, diligent, devout and charitable. Defend them against the assaults of the enemy, and grant them wisdom and strength to resist all temptation and corruption of this life; and direct them in the way of salvation, through the merits of Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. 

Conclude with: 

At every time and at every hour in heaven and on earth You are worshiped and glorified, O Christ our God, You who are long-suffering, most merciful, most compassionate, who love the just and are merciful to sinners, who call all to salvation through the promise of the good things to come. Accept, O Lord, our entreaties at this hour and guide our lives that we may keep Your commandments. Sanctify our souls, purify our bodies, correct our thoughts, purify our ideas, and deliver us from all distress, evil, and pain. Surround us with Your holy angels that, protected and guided by their host, we may attain unity of faith and the knowledge of Your unapproachable glory. For blessed are You forever and ever. Amen

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Sprit, both now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen. 

Lastly, copy, paste and print these prayers.

Begin using them as part of your morning time with God. Include them with your Bible reading/meditation and/or your silence. 

If you have questions, struggles, or need clarification please let me know through the comments section. I will read and respond. 

Dr K 

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8 thoughts on “Here Are Some Practical Tools That Will Transform Your Heart

    • You’re welcome, Tim. I hope they will aid your experience of knowing God more fully. Praying them daily invites you into the glorious struggle with your self. But this is necessary for many good reasons. A primary reason being the need for humility and dying to self. Blessings to you on your journey in God. Keith

    • Hi Wendy. Funny. I just sent Mark an email because I wanted to make sure you both saw this post. I’m happy to read your response. Please put these prayers to use and let me know what you experience. Thanks be to God for all things! Keith

  1. At the end of the prayer of St. Philaret, it says: “Direct my will; teach me to pray; pray You Yourself in me. Amen.” What does “pray You Yourself in me” mean? And why 12 times on one of those phrases? … Honest questions; trying to get it. I like it! ? Be blessed!

    • Hi Greg. I appreciate (really!!) the good questions. I wish more people would ask questions like these. To be honest, I don’t have good answers for you. I try to answer questions like these out of my own experience so they are not just “theory.” But in this case, I must say that I say the words “pray You Yourself in me” as a matter of faith. I trust that it can happen but I don’t know that I have ever experienced it. I may have experienced it. I just don’t know. This may be a reference to the “Spirit making utterance” but I’m not convinced of that. I’ve always assumed that if I ever got to actually know what a deep, intimate oneness with the Trinity would be like, I might experience this kind of prayer. In the meantime, I say the words with the faith that it can happen whether I know it or not. 12 times? 1. Because that’s what we are told to do (I need to learn obedience), 2. Because we’re so thick headed (and cold-hearted) that it takes repetition for “mercy” to finally sink in, 3. Because liturgical prayer is something we enter and do. It is not something we’ll ever fully understand nor are we supposed to (BTW: I did not make up these prayers myself; they have been around for centuries). It’s glorious to know that we’re saying the same prayers that the saints have said for centuries and that we don’t have to manufacture our own words. In fact, these prayers will start shaping our own hearts over time. Perhaps this addresses your first question, also. You have no idea how thankful I am that you’re using these prayers to enhance your own prayer life. They say what we’ve always wanted to say and just didn’t have the words. So happy that we are on this journey together. Thanks be to God for all things!! Keith

      • Call me dense, but I still don’t get the semantics or the grammar of “pray You Yourself in me”. HELP!

        • Hey Greg. It seems we are asking God to pray in us. It is older English. We might say: “You, God, pray in me.” The implications are immense. We would have to be so one with God that He does His work, in this case prayer/communion, in & through us. We often think of God working in and through us. We perhaps are less familiar with actually asking God to “pray” in and through us. Ancients who knew God more deeply than we do, used this kind of language consistently. We usually don’t understand prayer in this way. So, we ask for the experience of it by praying this. Thanks for asking. And, if I’ve satisfied your inquisitive mind 🙂 or just confused you more, let me know. Keith

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