God’s Holy Word

January 21, 2010

Psalm 138:2 (Amplified Bible)
I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and You have magnified Your word above all Your name!

Dear Father,
You taught us not to take Your name in vain. Yet, You have magnified Your word above all Your name. Forgive us for disregarding Your word. We have taken it for granted and not held it close so that it can take root in our spirit. We have been disobedient and cast it aside.
We pray for obedience to Your word. We pray for humility, a willingness to listen to instruction, and an acceptance of correction.
Oh, Lord, may our churches be filled with humble hearts that are like greenhouses, receiving the seed of Your Holy Word, bearing fruit and bringing forth a hundredfold. Amen.
Matthew 13:18-23


A Prayer of St. Anselm: Lord Jesus, let me seek You by desiring You

April 21, 2009

We posted an excerpt of this prayer during Lent, but today our blogging friend Scott Gilbreath has posted the whole prayer for St. Anselm’s commemoration:

A prayer of St Anselm

Lord Jesus Christ; Let me seek you by desiring you,
and let me desire you by seeking you;
let me find you by loving you,
and love you in finding you.

I confess, Lord, with thanksgiving,
that you have made me in your image,
so that I can remember you, think of you, and love you.

But that image is so worn and blotted out by faults,
and darkened by the smoke of sin,
that it cannot do that for which it was made,
unless you renew and refashion it.

Lord, I am not trying to make my way to your height,
for my understanding is in no way equal to that,
but I do desire to understand a little of your truth
which my heart already believes and loves.

I do not seek to understand so that I can believe,
but I believe so that I may understand;
and what is more,
I believe that unless I do believe, I shall not understand.

Source: The Oxford Book of Prayer, George Appleton (gen. ed.), 1985, 2002.

House of Bishops

September 13, 2008

This coming Wenesday, the Episcopal House of Bishops will convene in Salt Lake City.

O Lord, Your Holy Scripture tells us that the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water. The Episcopal Church is a parched and thirsty land. You promise Your blessings to those who keep Your testimonies, who seek You with their whole hearts.
We ask You to bless all the members of the Epsicopal House of Bishops. We ask You to stir in their hearts a hunger to read Your Holy Word as they make preparations for the meeting. You know the needs of each and every bishop. Speak to each one through Holy Scripture and meet every individual at his point of need.
The Episcopal House of Bishops is a divided house, and many members have divided hearts. O Lord, have mercy.
Send Your Holy Spirit down upon them. Open their eyes to recognize those false assumptions that lead them away from You. Convict them of these false understandings. Heal their image of You. Help them to walk in Your laws and testimonies and to seek You with undivided hearts.
Bring forth springs of living water in this dry and thirsty church. We cry out for a spiritual Elim, with 12 wells and 70 palm trees. We ask this in the name of Your Son, Christ Jesus the Healer. Amen.
Isaiah 35:7, Psalm 119:2, Exodus 15:27

A 19th Century Bishop’s prayer

July 15, 2008

While doing some L&B housekeeping this morning, I happened to reread my colleague Torre’s post from July 10th. Towards the end of that post he has a prayer by a 19th century bishop, Bishop Westcott, and he has rewritten that in modern language. It strikes me as being very timely, so I’m reposting it this week. Perhaps it is a good prayer for the Lambeth conference. (KB)


[Torre writes]  I received an email yesterday from Fr. Bob Whitely, the Church of England priest who helped lead me to conversion, baptized me, and presented me for confirmation in 1961 in Belize. In it he said, “There’s an old prayer of Bishop Westcott from the 19th Century that still resonates for today’s church: We need a modern version of it.

We beseech thee, O God of truth,
That what we know not of things we ought to know
Thou wilt teach us.
That what we know of truth, Thou wilt keep us therein.
That what we are mistaken in, as men must be
Thou wilt correct.
That at whatsoever things we stumble
Thou wilt yet establish us.
And from all things that are false
And from all knowledge that would be hurtful,
Thou wilt evermore defend us, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. “


Here is my restating of that prayer:

We cry out to you, Lord Jesus Christ:
You are the way, the truth, and the life.
Please teach us where we are currently in ignorance,
That we may know your truth and abide in it.
Show us where we are stumbling in the darkness,
And guide us back into your way.
Establish us in the life of your Spirit
That we correctly discern the true from the false;
And guard us from all false teaching
And knowledge that would be hurtful to us.
Father, defend us evermore
Through your son Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank you.

The Archbishop of Canterbury

January 14, 2008

Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. Psalm 86:11

O Lord, we in the Anglican Communion are a double-minded people. Have mercy. Give us one heart and one way. Give us one mind, the mind of Christ. For our own good and the good of our children, may Your name be hallowed in all that we do as a worldwide Communion.

We pray for Rowan to have a teachable spirit, humble before You. May his reverence for Your truth undergird all his decisions in the administration of the Lambeth Palace office and the Anglican Communion Office, in the organization of the Lambeth Conference, and in the invitations to the Lambeth Conference. Help him, Lord. Guide him in every step. Amen.

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