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Fill Our Minds with the Thought of You

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Friday, October 2, 2015

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Fill Our Minds with the Thought of You

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name.” This snippet of Psalm 8 came to mind as I read the prayer I chose for today from The Oxford Book of Prayer. Focused on “Our Father,” today’s prayer is about dependence. (Prayer 144, page 55) [1]

This prayer by William Temple touched my heart deeply. His words impacted me in a significant way. “So fill our minds with the thought and our imaginations with the picture of Thy love, that there may be in us no room for any desire that is discordant with Thy holy will.” Temple’s descriptions of God filling our mind—like packing a suitcase for travel—and filling our imagination—like turning on a movie projector? Time after time he hits home with the word pictures he paints.

Temple asks God for us to have NO internal craving or want that goes against God’s will. Except, that “no room for any desire that is discordant with Thy holy will” sounds so much better!

Truly, Lord, if I don’t even have the craving, or I don’t formulate the initial thought in my mind, I find stopping so much easier. And, of course, with close friends to encourage and support me? I have aid and assistance here, on a horizontal plane. As well, I have aid and assistance from God, especially when I pray with the words of William Temple.

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[1] The Oxford Book of Prayer, edited by George Appleton. (New York: Oxford University Press, reissued 2009), 55.