Sunday, September 7, 2014

Two Prayers

Two prayers caught my attention today. One is a contemporary prayer from Scot McKnight who prays:
Grant us, O Lord,
To trust in you with all our hearts.
For as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.1
The other is an ancient prayer of the early church:

"Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὸν ἁμαρτωλόν."
"Lord Jesus, Christ, have mercy on me, the sinner."2

These two prayers ground me and keep me from focusing on my happiness, my rights, and my abilities. May they be a similar correction for us all.

1 http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2014/09/07/grant-us-o-lord/

2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Prayer

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