Our minister, Jim Dewar, has spoken several times recently of people in the congregation who have difficulty finding the words to use in private prayer.
One way to make the break-through is to build up a memory-bank of prayers people have found useful over the years. Here is a famous little prayer to help you begin.
It was written by one Richard of Chichester in English at a time when religious thoughts were usually recorded in Latin. Richard lived in the early twelve hundreds well before the advent of printing. It would be another one hundred and fifty years before the arrival of the first translation of the Bible into English.
Dear Lord, three things I pray:
To see thee more clearly,
Love thee more dearly,
And follow thee more nearly,
Day by day.
PAUSE READING Write your thoughts on the three rhyming lines either overleaf or, better still, on a separate sheet of paper. If you can, make your responses Bible-related.
NOW WE GO ON
Line 1 Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my Shepherd
John 3:16 God so loved the world…
Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth “Jesus is Lord”…
Line 2 1 Samuel 1:27 Hannah The Lord granted me what I asked of him.
John 20:28 Thomas My Lord and my God
1 Corinthians 13:13 The greatest if these is love
Line 3 Genesis 5:22 Enoch walked with God
Ruth 1:16 Ruth Where you go I will go
John 20:16 Mary Raboni (which means teacher)
All your answers were “right” answers! (They were truly your thoughts)
Hopefully Richard’s words encourage you in your praying.