Pastoral Prayer for December 12, 2021
Please allow the words of this prayer to become your own.
Show me how to be in relationship with You
without being self-righteous.
Show me how to wear my faith lightly, yet hold it deeply.
I want to find that way.
I want to receive the gift of a deeply held personal relationship
I desire a rich reservoir of faith and trust in You,
without an ounce of self-regard seeping in.
Help me to hold fast to your ways,
and let me not take pride in doing so.
May I be mindful of You first.
May I look and listen for your will in all things.
Save me from making the gifts of spiritual practice –
reading a sacred text,
praying a sincere prayer,
delighting in worship –
occasions of pride, for that warm feeling of achievement
that I so easily mistake for your “well done.”
Let my relationship with You, Loving God,
be the greatest joy and strength in my life.
In the meantime, thank you for receiving me. . . just as I am.