We are encouraged through God’s word to “pray always,” but we might also think of this as encouragement to “pray all ways.” This blog post, based on a prayer booklet that I offered to my congregation, offers one such way to pray. These are the prayers that I offer for Tuesday morning. You can find an introduction to this way of praying, and the prayers for Monday morning here: https://mypastoralponderings.com/2020/03/19/poems-prayers-psalms-and-promises/.
Tuesday – Trust the Lord
Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love and the future to God’s providence.St. Augustine
Opening Psalm: Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and for evermore.
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Silence for reflection and prayer.
Devotional Poem – Patient Trust by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Above all, trust in the slow work of God. / We are quite naturally impatient in everything / to reach the end without delay. / We should like to skip the intermediate stages. / We are impatient of being on the way to something / unknown, something new. / And yet it is the law of all progress / that it is made by passing through / some stages of instability— / and that it may take a very long time. / And so I think it is with you; / your ideas mature gradually—let them grow, / let them shape themselves, without undue haste. / Don’t try to force them on, / as though you could be today what time / (that is to say, grace and circumstances / acting on your own good will) / will make of you tomorrow. / Only God could say what this new spirit / gradually forming within you will be. / Give Our Lord the benefit of believing / that his hand is leading you, / and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself / in suspense and incomplete.
Closing Prayer – Prayer of Relinquishment by Richard Foster
Today, O Lord, I yield myself to you. May your will be my delight today. May your way have perfect sway in me. May your love be the pattern of my living. I surrender to you my hopes, my dreams, my ambitions. Do with them what you will, when you will, as you will. I place into your loving care my family, my friends, my future. Care for them with a care that I can never give. I release into your hands my need to control, my craving for status, my fear of obscurity. Eradicate the evil, purify the good, and establish your kingdom on earth. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.
You can find a pdf of this prayer booklet here: Poems, Prayers, Psalms, and Promises.