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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.

Depending on God – in Prayer

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Thursday, October 1, 2015

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Depending on God – in Prayer

October the first. A new month, a clean calendar page—and another method of praying in this Year of Everyday Prayers. That’s me praying every day, just to be crystal clear.

And now, for something completely different. I am turning to The Oxford Book of Prayer, edited by George Appleton. I’ve chosen to pray this month with the section entitled “Prayers of Christians: Personal and Occasional.” These are prayers covering almost 2000 years, prayers from all over the world.

These prayers are also arranged in the framework of the Lord’s Prayer, from Matthew 6:9b-13. Focused on “Our Father,” today’s prayer is about dependence. (Prayer 137, page 53) [1]

Martin Luther wrote this prayer of dependence. I was so struck with the opening: “Behold, Lord. An empty vessel that needs to be filled. My Lord, fill it.” Good God!—such honesty. Such a straight-forward way of asking You to fill him with whatever You had for him, today. (Or, on the day that he prayed this prayer.)

Lord, do I have that same honesty? Honest enough to be up front with You? You know me so much better than I can possibly know myself. But can I be honest enough to bring you myself? As flawed and broken as I am, and ask You to fill me? But, that’s not all. Martin calls himself “an empty vessel.” I think he had the idea that he wanted to be used by You. (And not in a bad, manipulative way, either.) Rather, used like a trusty tool, or a favorite baking dish. Something useful, greatly appreciated, and even well loved.

Dear Lord, with Martin I ask You to fill me, an empty vessel.. Fill me with the love You radiate to others. Fill me with the kindness You display. Fill me with the caring You show in abundance. Fill me with the willingness to serve. Dear Lord, gracious God, fill me with all that You wish to give me. And, lastly, with Martin I pray that You strengthen my faith and trust in You. Amen.

@chaplaineliza

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Why not visit my sister blogs, “the best of” A Year of Being Kind.   @chaplaineliza And, read my sermons from Pastor, Preacher Pray-er

[1] The Oxford Book of Prayer, edited by George Appleton. (New York: Oxford University Press, reissued 2009), 53.