August 27 Prayer
There is a hope that does not disappoint
For we have been appointed for this time
To be awake and to be ready,
To be filled with plenty of reserves
so we do not run out of oil
to light our way.
Oil and light
The fuel that keeps us going.
What is it that keeps your hope alive?
What is it that awakens you to joy each day and
gives you great peace?
Pause to pray;
Here I am, O wisdom from above
Fill my empty lamp,
reveal your word to keep me from falling,
keep me from missing your calling,
keep me from dis-appointment.
May I be present to the appointment of your presence.
I look not to my lack, nor the scarcity of the moment
but with the hope that you have given me.
Is all that I need.
May your word become the treasure to find
and keep deep within me as precious oil.
May your guiding boundary
light the way to see more clearly,
the questions to ask with wisdom by my side
as a counselor while all is well,
and my comfort in care and grief.
Here I am Lord,
I will be still and let your oil be poured over me,
and in me.
Fill me once again to overflow
with strength and grace,
to be ready and awake.
‘Come, Holy Spirit, Come.
Ignite within me the living flame of your love.’
Light the way for us all this day
Mat. 25:1-13,ROM.5:5, Ps. 119:162,165