there are days that i struggle with putting the words together that communicate what’s on my heart clearly to god. in fact, that is true on most days. the following is a prayer written by a pastor that i read every now and then. i think it is the most profound, simple, honest, prayer to start the day i have ever heard (or read).
i have decided to make these words my own for a while. these days, i need some help expressing my thoughts. i need some help to connect my heart with my head. i need even more help to connect my actions to my heart. maybe your world is as scattered as mine is right now. maybe you need this prayer, also.
why don’t you begin to say this prayer, with me, for the next few mornings. maybe it will stick. maybe this can be the way we start everyday. life could be very, very different.
Lord, fill me with Your Spirit today. I can’t fix yesterday, and tomorrow seems a long way off.
Today, Lord: Cleanse my heart from the fleshly residue of yesterday’s fallen humanity.
Today, Lord: Scrub my thoughts and motives till they shine with singularity – wanting Your glory alone.
Today, Lord: Wash me and I will be whiter than snow, purposed afresh to follow Your footsteps.
Lord, fill me with Your Spirit today. The tasks ahead are too much. If I must go alone, I cannot go at all.
Today, Lord: I’m not smart enough to know what is best, and not strong enough to choose what is righteous.
Today, Lord: My wife, my family, my friends, my church . . . I am not sufficient for these things, and I know it.
Today, Lord: Please fill me, or what unfolds in the hours ahead will fade into the abyss of worthless, wasted time.
Lord, fill me with Your Spirit right now. Come, make these 24 hours all You created them to be.
Now, Lord: You know how to ‘give good gifts’ and I am so thankful to be called Your child.
Now, Lord: By faith, I’ll experience the Presence You’ve promised, and delight to know that Your Word is true.
Now, Lord: Please fill my life with peace and purpose and free my soul to sing.