The preacher who prays in public, as all regularly must, often stands in need of some assistance to rescue him from the twin dangers of repetition and discursiveness, not to mention the bog of inflated -- or the waste-land of no rhetoric at all. He is all too prone just himself"", to the distress of the flock who expect him to help them lift up their hearts to God. The ""public pray-er"" needs both to be led and fed, aided by great prayers of others, uttered through the ages by generations who have mastered the art of prayer. Such prayers as these Mr. Roger Geffen has chosen for this present handbook of prayer, arranged both by subject and occasion for convenient use and inspiration. They are here to be used freely both by those who are ""free"" prayers and those who prefer the brevity and clarity of the collect form of prayer. All Protestant ministers will find it both useful and inspirational, and, vicariously, so will their congregations.