One of the prayers that is universal is the prayer for help. Our community has been studying the Psalms of Ascent, specifically Psalm 124 last week. We all cry out for help at times in our lives…this very moment, one of my closest friends in the world needs help and he is searching his heart and laying his life before the Lord. We all need to remember the help God has brought to our lives in the past…God is faithful but as we face the crises of daily life, our help is in and only in the Lord. Here’s a great prayer for help…would you pray it with me?
St. Brendan’s Prayer
Shall I abandon, O King of mysteries, the soft comforts of home? Shall I turn my back on my native land, and turn my face towards the sea?
Shall I put myself wholly at your mercy, without silver, without a horse, without frame, without honour? Shall I through myself wholly food and drink, without a bed to lie on? Shall I say farewell to my beautiful land, placing myself under Your yoke?
Shall I pour out my heart to You, confessing my manifold sins and begging forgiveness, tears streaming down my cheeks? Shall I leave the prints of my knees on the sandy beach, a record of my final prayer in my native land?
Shall I then suffer every kind of wound that the sea can inflict? Shall I take my tiny boat across the wide sparkling ocean? O King of the Glorious Heaven, shall I go of my own choice upon the sea?
O Christ, will You help on the wild waves?