Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Prayer for the Body

Almighty God,
who heaven and the highest heavens cannot contain,
whose greatness cannot be captured in mere words,
whose perfect holiness can hardly be comprehended...

On our own we come before you
as finite creatures,
whose own words consistently reveal an overvalued self-worth,
and the depths of whose sin we hardly can fathom.

But thankfully, we do not come before you on our own.
Rather we come before you in the name of our Lord,
washed clean of our sin by the blood of Christ Jesus,
robed in His righteousness alone.

So now, instead of enemies, rightfully the objects of your scorn and wrath,
            we come before you as beloved children,
            recipients of grace,
            joint heirs with Christ your Son.

As such may we conformed to His likeness:
May our minds dwell on that which is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and praiseworthy;

May our feet be swift to walk in those good works which you have prepared for us.

May our mouths proclaim good news of happiness, and publish salvation; saying to the people of God: "Your God reigns."

May our hands be holy, as they are raised before you in prayer.

May our hearts be glad, and our whole being rejoice; for we dwell secure in your love.

And may it all be so, by your grace and for your glory,

For we ask it in the matchless name of Christ Jesus, our Lord.

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