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A Prayer for the Wilderness
A Petition for the First Sunday in Lent
*The following is a prayer I composed this morning for the first Sunday in Lent.
Almighty God, as Thou didst by Thy Spirit drive Thine own Son into the wilderness to be tempted, drive us thither with Him also. Let patience have her perfect work as we wait with Him these forty days.
As He bore all the fiery darts of the wicked one for our sakes, teach us to see Him still as our shield and defender. As His life was exposed to the dangers of wild beasts, let Him be our hiding place. Help us to see that, in Christ, every mortal danger has been domesticated; every lion’s mouth opens only to render its amen to Providence, and if it be Thy will that we be touched by external troubles, may we join our own amen to that great chorus of creation which forever sings, “Thy will be done.”
Thou, Who maketh Thine angels spirits and Thy ministers a flame of fire; open the eyes of our understanding, like Elisha’s servant, to the consolation of things unseen. As angels ministered to our Lord, send Thy ministering spirits to aid us who are to be the heirs of salvation. Deliver us from the schemes of the prince of the power of the air; overrule all principalities and powers for our sakes; defend us with Thy light against the rulers of darkness, and cast down all spiritual wickedness in high places.
In the name of Christ, we renounce the lust of the flesh. As Thy Son esteemed the Words of Thy mouth more than His necessary food, give us grace to renounce our carnal appetites, and make us to hunger and thirst after righteousness that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.
In the name of Christ, we renounce the lust of the eye. As Christ refused to receive the nations, which Thou hadst promised Him before all worlds, apart from the sufferings of the cross; so may we learn to be content in our lowly station until that day dawns and we are made to reign with Thee on high.
In the name of Christ, we renounce the pride of life. As our Lord chose to rest in Thy promises rather than to test Thy patience, grant unto us that we may eschew all haughtiness and presumptuousness. We know that our worth is more than many sparrows and that even the hairs of our heads are numbered and known to Thee. Help us to remember that this owes all to Thine own grace and nothing to our vain striving.
Help us, O Lord, to be sober and vigilant; knowing that our adversary walketh about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Even so, write it large in our hearts that the Lion of the Tribe of Judah hath prevailed, and that fear of death and hell was the first victim slain.
All this we pray to the honor and glory of God, who livest and reigneth together as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; One God, world without end. Amen
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