Prayer is grace
Our God, we receive Your grace to pray as unmerited gift.
We know or interpret You through human concepts; however, by humbly yielding our selves and our logic to faith, we allow You freedom of utterance in us. Even so, we may only experience Your presence and word in silence as we invite You to speak and move within us as we actively and prayerfully live the gospel.
If in our disappointment at Your seeming silence, we experience wavering faith, with courage we pray, “Speak Yourself and live Your life in me, my God. Make thanksgiving, and glorify Yourself continually in me, in all my supposed strengths, as in my sinfulness and inability. Find Yourself to me. Find me to Your truth. Unknowing, uncomprehending though I am, please let me be drawn into the infinite possibilities of Your life and love. Not my will, but Your will be done!”
Thank You for prayer
Eternal God, without the gift of prayer, and the trust that makes it possible, how could we approach a Being as great as You! The wonders and immensity of the universe that You created, hint of Your unimaginable supremacy.
Yet, without haughty magnanimity, You chose to redeem human creatures from sin and mortality, and to make an eternal covenant of love with us. You communicate Your intentions and guidelines to us through God incarnate within Scripture, Church and the Spirit in our lives.
I cannot offer You the honour and love that You deserve, and the overwhelming difficulties and anxieties of this world sometimes deflect me from trying in my discouragement and sadness.
Therefore, our God who mercifully bridged between Your human creatures and Yourself in Jesus, please me to train myself in optimistic faith. I wish to cooperate with Your love to create in me all that You wish to find in my understanding and actions.
As I seek to fulfil Your desires, I thank You for this extraordinary gift of love, prayer, and life that You, our astounding and wonderful God, offer us. 2001