I was struck yesterday by this short quote from the latest entry at Creedal Christian blog:
The Creed is more than a proclamation. It’s a prayer that saints made in faith. It’s a prayer where sinners find their hope. It’s a prayer where God shows His love.
Due to poor internet connections, I’ve not been able to watch the video that accompanies the blog post. but what I like about the quote is that by saying the Creed is a prayer, it keeps us from merely rote “declaration” of the Creeds.
Thought of as a prayer, saying the Creed instead becomes more than simply a statement of faith or doctrine, but also:
– an offering of worship
– a paean of adoration and thanksgiving, affirming the truth of our relationship with the Triune God
– a cry for God to stir up renewed faith in our hearts that we might grow in understanding of (and grace to live out!) what we say we believe.
Also, by thinking of the Creed as a prayer, I’m reminded that prayer should be about speaking the truth of God’s Word and God’s character into a situation, not just me expressing my feelings or my desires.
so, join me in “praying the Creed” this morning, making it an offering of worship, a song of adoration and thanksgiving, and a cry for greater faith!
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. AMEN.