morning prayer, 11 August 2013

Creating and Sustaining God,

We read in the scriptures of our Great Cloud of Witnesses. We read of men and women who walked in faith, who listened for you and walked with you, guided by faith and hope and your promise.120302_Hebrews11_1

We read that they walked by faith.
Guide us, open us, teach us to walk as they walked.

When we try to walk by our own sight – often narrow, often with blinders, often shielded from the fullness of your vision.

Teach us to walk by faith.
Grant us the gift of new sight.

When we try to walk by our own pursuit of knowledge – gathering facts and insights from anyone who will respond.

Teach us to walk by faith.
Grant us your wisdom.

When we try to walk by our own sense of purpose – making plans, casting our own vision.

Teach us to walk by faith.
Grant us courage to follow your voice.

When we try to walk guided by our own voice, or voices of false teachers, false prophets.

Teach us to walk by faith.
Help us discern the wisdom and the purpose amidst the chatter.

When we try to walk by our own anxieties and insecurities, seeking temporary satiation of our worries and our fears,

Teach us to walk by faith.
Grant us courage and patience.

Teach us the eternal and deep truth of faith – May we find assurance for things hoped for. May we find conviction of things – of your promises – that we cannot see.

We pray all this in the name of your son, who taught us to pray,

 

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