O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Publican's Prayer


We are empty. We are nothing. We give ourselves to Thee O Lord. Fill us with Thy love which will make our bodies and souls pure. We have degraded ourselves by our sins. Thou didst create us to rest in Thy love for eternity, as images of Thy love unto Thy glory, but we degraded ourselves by sin, demanding that our lives play out according to our own passions and desires. Recognizing our emptiness and the vanity of our desires which degrade us from union with Thee, we now give ourselves to Thee. Fill us with Thy love which purifies us of all stain of sin and undoes all the degrading damage that we inflicted upon ourselves in body and soul by our lives of sin. Give us Thy love which will purify us and raise us up to Thee that we might rest in Thy Heart, broken by our sins. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth: they have conducted us, and brought us unto Thy holy hill, and into Thy tabernacles.1 Proceed forth from Thy chamber O Bridegroom2, that Thy love, given to us, might purify us and lead us into Thy inner chamber where we shall be intimate and undisturbed together for eternity.

1Ps 42:3
2Ps 18:6