This week’s prayer is one I’ve prayed a lot, but in a different style of words. Here is how the Book of Common Prayer puts it:
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you,
and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
My words usually sound something like this:
O Lord, are you listening? Please hear me. I need You.
Help me know what I’m supposed to do. I just want to do Your will but I don’t understand what it is. Help me to see it, and know what to do next. I feel so lost sometimes.
Give me the grace and power I need for today. Let me depend on Your Spirit to accomplish what You’re asking of me. Sometimes it feels hard, and my steps falter. I know You’re the only One who can give me strength to do Your will.
Thank You for Jesus. Thank You for what He has done for me, and for His reign with you, Father. Thank you for the Holy Spirit, who fills me and empowers me, and who directs me to You.
Often, it helps to rephrase the words of an old prayer to make it come alive. Then I see clearly, “Oh! This is just what I’ve been praying for all along!”
What is on your heart?
Are you asking God to show You His will?
I will join with you this week, as we pray this simple prayer together.
I know that He will be faithful to show you the next step He wants you to take, and will give you the grace and power to accomplish it.