Prayer for Ilumination: February 23, 2014…

Remember the word to Your servants,
Upon which You have caused us to hope.

This is our comfort in our affliction,
For Your word has given us life.

The proud have us in great derision,
Yet we do not turn aside from Your law.

We remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord,
And have comforted ourselves.

Indignation has taken hold of us
Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.

Your statutes have been our songs
In the house of our pilgrimage.

We remember Your name in the night, O Lord,
And we keep Your law.

This has become ours,
Because we kept Your precepts.

O God, indeed, never do we keep Your precepts perfectly. Never, O God, do we keep Your law as we ought. Yet You, O God, abound in great mercy and love, and You have given us a savior who has kept the law for us. At every turn He has kept Your precepts. And we are thankful, but not as thankful as we ought to be, O God, that You have done that for us, that You have made provision for us in that way.

And yet, O God, we pray…as it is promised in Your word, complete that good work You have done in us, and use Your word to do it. Lord, we pray that in this time, the words of my mouth and the meditations of all of our hearts…on Your word…might be in all ways acceptable in Your sight, O God, our Fortress, our Strength, our Rock and our Redeemer.

All this we pray in Christ’s holy name.

Amen

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