Prayer is a profound mystery that envelops deep truth alongside the simplicity of child-like faith. Last St.Patrick's Day I came across a prayer by Saint Patrick. It quickly became one of my favorite prayers, because it is filled with so much Scriptural truth. It is a prayer that provides a framework for how I live my life. But before we get to it, I just wanted to share two quotes by Eugene Peterson from Tell it Slant on the topic of prayer:
Prayer accomplishes with us, within our spirits, deep within our souls, what is later lived out in the circumstances and conditions of our obedience. A stiff upper lip won't do it. A fierce resolve won't do it. An exemplary life won't do it.
Prayer goes beneath the surface and penetrates the heart of the matter... When we pray we willingly participate in what God is doing, without knowing precisely what God is doing, how God is doing it, or when we will know what is going on - if ever (pg.237)
May this prayer by Saint Patrick lead you and guide you as you journey on in Christ:
As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.