God our Father, you have filled our lives with opportunities. Help us to miss none of these opportunities when they come to us.
deepen our lives;
enrich our minds;
learn our trade;
master our craft;
be efficient in our job;
and be equipped for our profession.
Help us never to miss the opportunities of helping others that we may be ready:
to share with the poor;
to sympathize with the sad;
to encourage the depressed;
to help those who’ve made mistakes to get back on track again;
to lend a hand to those who are finding things difficult.
Help us to never miss an opportunity to show where we stand that we may:
set a Christian example wherever we are;
always make it easier for others to do and be good;
never make it easy for others to do any wrong thing;
always be good advertisements of you and your church.
So help us to grasp every opportunity you send, and to use every gift you have given us, that we may make our lives what you meant them to be.
God our Father of life, you give us peace at the end of this day, your gift. Grant that your restfulness would rest on us throughout the rest of this week. Let the praises of our lips give to you every day prays that you are due from our lives. May the power of your love be with us in everything we do. By purity and knowledge and tenderness may we glorify you, through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Excerpted, and lightly edited from, A Barclay Prayer Book by William Barclay (Westminster John Knox Press, 1990), first published under the titles Epilogues and Prayers (1963) and Prayers for the Christian Year (1964)