Many Christians use rosaries or prayer beads to help their personal devotions. Each bead represents a particular prayer, often with a larger bead or a cross as the starting point representing the 'Jesus Prayer', "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." This is an example of a 'breath prayer' a prayer that can be said on one breath, so that prayer is seen to be as essential to life as breathing.
I pray for oppressed people everywhere, help me to work for justice.
I pray for people who suffer because of their religious or political beliefs.
I pray for people who are trapped within abusive relationships.
Dark Blue Bead
I pray for those who feel sad today, help me to comfort the downhearted.
Medium Blue Bead
I pray for those who face an uncertain future because of health or work worries.
Light Blue Bead
I pray with thanks for those people I love and those who love me.
Dark Green Bead
Thank you for this beautiful world, help me to care for it.
Light Green Bead
Thank you for the diversity of plants and animals, help me to use resources wisely.
Thank you for the oceans, seas and rivers, teeming with life.
White (or pale yellow) Bead
I pray for the Make Poverty History campaign, that all your people can know abundant life.
I pray for those caught up in conflict and violence, help me to bring peace into the world.
Dark Yellow Bead
I pray for relief and development charities and those working for fair trade.
Bright Orange Bead
Thank you for children, help me to see your face in each child.
Dark Orange Bead
Thank you for older people, help me to value the stories of others.
I pray for...
Dark Pink Bead
Thank you for all people of faith, help us to work together for good.
Medium Pink Bead
Thank you for my church, help us to be a sign of your love in our community.
Light Pink Bead
Thank you for fun and friendship.
Giggling, laughing and dancing God, thank you for me! Help me to love others as myself and to live always in the knowledge of your eternal love. Amen.
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