Monday, August 10, 2009

A Prayer for Preachers

From The Making of the Minister by William H. Leach, 1938, Cokesbury Press:

"Our Father, we who pray for the health of others come to Thee now to ask for ourselves. We are glad that we heard Thy voice and accepted a call to Thy ministry. Make us conscious of the responsibility which is ours and give us strength for the obligations. Keep us from the temptations peculiar to our calling. If we have loved leadership and power more than service, rebuke us. If we have been too much engrossed in little things, forgive. If we have been more concerned with strong and rich than with shepherdless throngs, open our eyes to our delinquencies. If we have been more loyal to the Church of the past than to the vision of today, help us to a new attitude.

"O Master, we pray for humility and contrition. As we interpret Thy word to a hungry people may we give the bread which satisfies. Free us from the entanglements which may have hushed the prophetic voice. Give us personalities which radiate love and faith.

"Help us to view sin with intolerance but to always show compassion for the weak and frail. Teach us how to love our enemies. Make us faithful shepherds of Thy flock, true seers of God, and true followers of Jesus Christ. Amen."

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