A prayer site included this line by a contributor: “Lord, I give myself to fully follow You, whatever it may mean.” Perhaps she meant to say, whatever the cost, and that would be a wonderful prayer. The Lord has told us what following him means. The NT goes to great pains to explain what it means to follow Christ. To understand that, one needs to read, not guess at it in a prayer.
“There are very few people
who realise what God would make of them
if they abandoned themselves into his hands,
and let themselves be formed by his grace. (Saint Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to trust myself totally to God’s love.”
From today’s sacredspace.ie.
In today’s devotional Ed M., from his work Plow New Ground, wrote, as a part of his prayer:
“Your presence is my victory.”
The prayer and the entire devotional was meaningful, as always.
Maybe the Lord will approve of this simplest of verses:
God listens to the smallest fear,
He notes the single falling tear,
He answers every needy call,
And loves the lowest man of all.
This one. Not many, probably. Not many Americans, anyway.
The Lord is going to get his will done. With or without our help.
I don’t know anything about Monty Python (I know, my ignorance is showing), but this is a good illustration about how many approach God in prayer. It underlines the need to know from Scripture before we pray, and the priority of hearing God in Scripture before speaking to him in prayer.
While we pray for the victims’ families and the surviving students, we recall Rom 8.28. Our heavenly Father is so powerful that he can bring good out of such evil.
From S.C. Weber: Father, may we be people who are quick to notice the ways in which we can be of special blessing to others. It seems quite easy when it comes to those whom we befriend. We often recognize their need before they express it and find genuine fulfillment in being Your hand extended to them. But You challenge us to go even further in making ourselves available to our enemies with whom it is not natural to provide for their needs. In expressing agapé to those around us we love in spite of what we see or have experienced. May all that we do on behalf of others be an expression of Your heavenly touch extended through Christian human service. It is in Your strength and compassion that we can do that which is unnatural to our human flesh, but natural to our redeemed spirit. Amen.
Grant us, O God, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would [have] us do, that the spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in your light we may see light, and in your path may not stumble; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
—William Reed Huntingdon (1838-1909), methodist.org.uk
Dear Father in heaven, give us childlike hearts so that we may understand everything in the right way. Grant us work that bears fruit in spite of our faults and weaknesses, because we want to work with the understanding given by love. Father in heaven, you know that we are faced day and night with many difficulties and setbacks. But you see us, and you will help us so that your name may be honored, your kingdom may come, and your will may be done on earth as in heaven. Amen.
Amen to that.