Here’s a prayer inspired by Psalm 23. It was written by Brian Draper.
(based on Psalm 23, Luke 15:3-7, Matthew 18:12-14)
‘The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.’
You, Lord, are the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep.
Thank you, that you know me and call me by name.
Thank you that you would search and search
just for one missing sheep out of a hundred—
even it were me—
and not rest until it was back in the fold.
And thank you, too, for the great words of the psalms,
which comfort, challenge and inspire us.
We shall not want, Lord, for we are yours,
and you have given us what we need.
You have give us all we need.
Thank you for green pastures.
Thank you for quiet waters.
Thank you for refreshing my soul.
Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not fear.
You, Lord, are my shepherd.
You have called me by name.
And you have searched, until you have found me.
Enfold us in your love. Amen.
— written by Brian Draper, and posted on the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website.
For more worship resources for Easter 4 (Good Shepherd Sunday), click on Easter 4 Year A or Easter 4 Year B in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page. See also Psalm 23 in the same list.