Dear Lord

sir_jacob_astleySir Jacob Astley (painting by Alfred Edmund Dyer)


Sir Jacob, later Lord Astley, a Royalist fighting for King and country at the Battle of Edgehill in England’s first civil war in 1642, uttered the following words as he led his men into battle: 

Dear Lord,

You know how busy I will be this day,

If I forget You,

please Lord,

do not forget me.”

You don’t have to be fighting on a military battlefield to appreciate this prayer! This is a great prayer for each of us today in this busy world. 

A great prayer for a rector or a parishioner.

A great prayer for a teacher or a student.

A great prayer for a doctor or a patient.

A great prayer for a grandfather or a granddaughter.

I can’t think of anyone who couldn’t benefit from this prayer. We live in a world where the treadmill pace of our lives increases daily and where the hubbub of humanity drowns out the opportunity, for many, to speak at length to Our Lord. If you find yourself busy, too busy to pray, then utter these words. God will understand.

Peace friends, 


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  • Rose says:

    Thanks for sharing this – it’s perfect for all of us for whom the best prayer intentions. just get away.

  • Kathy Seikel says:

    Thanks for this prayer. I don’t know where I’d be today if God were as inattentive to me as I have been to him. Thankfully, he makes his presence known through unexpected gifts and moments of beauty that remind me that even when I forget about him he is always with me. Will be at a women’s retreat at the Dominican convent next week and will share this prayer with my fellow retreaters. Wishing you a joyous new year and many happy miles of peddling in 2015. Kathy

  • Nancy K says:

    This prayer was included in a small book of prayers that my church gave me when I was confirmed MANY years ago. It has been one of my favorites to this day. It was good for a 13-year-old girl, and it remains just as good for an aging grandmother.

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