For my Reformed Worship class this week, we were asked to design a Prayer for Illumination and share a rational for each aspect of the prayer. Below is what I came up with.
Prayer for Illumination
Let us pray:
We have gathered together to hear your word and apply it to our lives. Help us to let go of any distractions that we carried in with us to worship today so that we can focus in and center down on what you have to say to us today. Send your Holy Spirit to illumine the text and to enable us to understand your message. Amen.
I wrote this short and simple prayer for illumination to be used for any worship during ordinary time of the liturgical year. I chose to use “Lord God” at the beginning of my prayer because it reminds us that God is the Lord of our lives and that we must use the Word to guide our lives as we strive to make decisions each day that glorify God. In addition, my first sentence calls attention to the fact that the gathered body of believers should intend to do more with the Word than simply hear it. Each week, the body is gathered in part to be edified and equipped by the Word in worship so that they may be sent out prepared and focused in mission during the rest of the week. Moreover, the second sentence I included based on our cultural context and the tendency of westerners to be overwhelmed with stress and business and incapable at times of focusing in on the moment. Their worries and stresses keep them from hearing the often times quite voice of God. Lastly, the final sentence calls upon the Holy Spirit to help the believers understand what God is saying to them through the text.
Any thoughts or comments?