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THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS (USMC) DEVOTIONAL FIELD BOOK

GENERAL PRAYERS

1. The Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtor; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.*) (RSV)

*Protestant

2. My Morning Offering

O God, for another day, for another morning, for another minute, for another chance to live and serve you, I am truly grateful.

Do you this day free me

from all fear of the future,
from all anxiety about tomorrow,
from all bitterness towards anyone,
from all cowardice in the face of danger,
from all laziness in the face of work,
from all failure before opportunity,
from all weakness when Your power is at hand.

But fill me

with Love that knows no barrier,
with Sympathy that reaches all,
with Courage that cannot be shaken,
with Faith strong enough for the darkness,
with Strength sufficient for my tasks,
with Loyalty to Your Kingdom's goal,
with Wisdom to meet Life's complexities
with Power to lift me to You.

Be with me for another day, and use me as you will. Amen.

3. St. Richard's Prayer

O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother,
May I know thee more clearly,
May I love thee more dearly,
May I follow thee more nearly. Amen.

4. For Faith in Trial

Help me, O Lord, to refuse to give up my faith in Thee when I encounter life's difficult problems. Make me realize that just as the darkness of the night gives way to a bright, sunny morning, I may refuse to give up the struggle until the joy of victory dawns in my heart. Amen.

5. Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

6. Prior to a Mission

O God, as we prepare to embark on this mission, we ask your presence to be made known to us anew! Give us wisdom in our decisions, common sense in our actions, discretion in our communications and openness in our attitude as we work together for the freedom of mankind. May your protective arm rest upon the shoulder of each Marine and Sailor in this operation and return us all safely home. Amen.

7. For Team Spirit

God, our Father, give us all a sense of cooperation. Help us realize that we can't exist alone. Leaders need men and men need leaders. Make us sense our basic unity of purpose. Help us see that individual welfare is intimately tied to the welfare of the whole group, and that the whole group depends upon the well-being of the individual. Help us see this � and above all help us to live out this insight. Amen.

8. Self-Dedication

Almighty God, draw our hearts to you, guide our minds, fill our imaginations, control our wills, so that we may be wholly yours. Use us as you will, always to your glory and the welfare of your people. Amen. (LBW)

9. For Those In Our Country's Service In Time Of War

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, let thy protection be upon all those who are in the service of our country; guard them from all harm and danger of body and soul; sustain and comfort those at home, especially in their hours of loneliness, anxiety, and sorrow; prepare the dying for death and the living for thy service; give success to our arms on land and sea and in the air; and grant unto us and all nations a speedy, just and lasting peace. Amen. (LSBH)

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