I haven’t done one of these posts for quite a while, but it seems like a good time for me to pick this up again.
In the last year or so I’ve watched all of the episodes of “The Chosen” that are out so far. I noticed a few times that characters prayed a prayer that started like this:
“Blessed are You, oh Lord our God, King of the universe, who…”
It seemed like such a worshipful way to start a prayer that I decided I would like to incorporate it in my own prayers.
So, I did a little research on the internet and found out that these are Jewish blessings, and there are several of them corresponding to different times of day, seasons, holidays, and experiences that may happen from time to time in a person’s life.
I looked up the first part on Bible Hub and found a few verses that seem to go with this phrase. So I thought I would put them together and make some worship prayers of my own.
Here are a few of them:
When observing something beautiful in nature –
Blessed are You, oh Lord our God, King of the universe, who alone created the universe by Your wisdom and mighty power. You spoke the word, and it was.
In the morning just before rising –
Blessed are You, oh Lord our God, King of the universe, who restores my soul with a good night’s sleep and mercifully gives me another day, another chance to serve You.
When life seems rough and scary –
Blessed are You, oh Lord our God, King of the universe, who has an amazing plan and invites me along for the adventure. No matter how frightening the ride may become, I know You are always with me. You are my shield, my Protector, and I trust in You.
While driving or during any sort of travel –
Blessed are You, oh Lord our God, King of the universe, who protects us as we travel by Your mighty, outstretched hand.
Anytime, but especially when feeling alone –
Blessed are You, oh Lord our God, king of the universe, who graciously gives us friends and family and cares for us even when they fail us. You will never leave us nor forsake us.
When feeling overwhelmed by natural or spiritual darkness:
Blessed are You, oh Lord our God, King of the universe, who gives us light. You are Light, and in You is no darkness at all.
I love the concept of calling God “King of the universe”. As human beings it seems we are so prone to keeping our eyes on the negative circumstances that surround us.
When I address God as “King of the universe”, my perspective is immediately redirected to a higher realm, and hope fills my heart and my faith is renewed.
Also, the brevity of these prayers lends itself to praying these prayers of hope often, throughout the day everyday.
I invite you to use any of these in your own personal prayer time and to begin creating a few of your own. I’d love to know how this new practice benefits you!