Let’s think of the blessedness which Jesus taught, and ask Him to help us be able to enter into it –
Blessed are the poor in spirit.
Help us, O God, to realise our own poverty and our own helplessness, and help us to come to You that You may make us rich in the things that really matter.
Blessed are they that mourn.
Help us, O God, to be sorry for all the wrong things that we have done, and help us to show that our sorrow is real by not doing them again.
Blessed are the meek, the humble.
Grant to us, O God, such perfect self control that we may completely master ourselves, so that we may be fit and able to serve and lead others.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness.
Help us, O God, to long for goodness as much as a starving person longs for food,
and as much as a person dying of thirst longs for water, so that we may be ready to do anything and to give up anything to be what we ought to be.
Blessed are the merciful.
O God, our Father, help us at all times to be kind, and help us never either thoughtlessly or deliberately to hurt anyone else; and grant that no one my ever appeal to us for help and not receive it.
Blessed are those whose hearts are pure.
O God, our Father, keep all our thoughts and all our desires clean and pure so that even our secret and inmost hearts may be fit for You to see, and so that we may see You.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
O God, our Father, grant that we may never at any time be the cause of trouble or of quarrels between other people; and help us all in this fellowship to be one united family in You.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.
O God, help us to be glad when being a Christian costs us something, because then we have a chance to show that we are not ashamed to let it be seen that we belong to Jesus.
Hear our prayer and grant us this blessedness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.