Here is the re-working of a Jewish prayer called the 18 Benedictions. In the Benediction are several wonderful phrases that will make this into a short but powerful prayer. You could turn all of the uses of “us, we, and our” to “me and I”. This would make this a wonderful prayer for oneself, or use it as it is for your family or small group.
Hear us, O Lord our God, the sound of our prayer and have mercy on us, for you are a gracious and merciful God. Blessed are you, O Lord, who hears prayer!
Forgive us, our Father, for we have sinned against you for great is your mercy. Blessed are you, O Lord, who forgives abundantly!
Heal us, O Lord our God, from the pain of our heart cause healing for our sickness to rise up. Blessed are you, O Lord, who heal the sick
Be merciful to us, O Lord our God, in your great mercy toward your people. Blessed are you, O Lord, who loves us!
Accept us, O Lord our God. Blessed are you, O Lord, whom we serve reverently!
We give thanks to you, the Lord our God, for all the good things, the loving kindness and the mercy which you have wrought and done with us. Blessed are you, O Lord, unto whom it is good to give thanks! AMEN
 deSilva, D. A. (2004). An introduction to the New Testament : Contexts, methods and ministry formation (80). Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.
Published on Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 4:02 AM CDT