Prayer for Illumination: August 17, 2014…

Our souls cling to the dust;
Revive us according to Your word.
We have declared my ways, and You answered us;
Teach us Your statutes.
Make us understand the way of Your precepts;
So shall we meditate on Your wonderful works.
Our souls melt from heaviness;
Strengthen us according to Your word.
Remove from us the way of lying,
And grant us Your law graciously.
We have chosen the way of truth;
Your judgments we have laid before ourselves.
We cling to Your testimonies;
O LORD, do not put us to shame!
We will run the course of Your commandments,
For You shall enlarge our hearts.

O God, the only enlarging our hearts could ever have is the enlarging You give them as they are made new, as by Your Holy Spirit You have given us new hearts. And by them, O God, may we run well, and, indeed, keep the course of Your commandments.

But our trust, O God, our faith, our whole selves, we know resides solely in the hand of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, and You tell us that from His hand none can snatch. In that alone do we trust, O God.

And Lord, we pray this day, may the words of my mouth, and the meditations of all of our hearts be in all ways acceptable in Your sight, O God, our Rock, our Fortress, our Strength and our Redeemer.

Amen

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