Pastor’s prayer before the morning reading

God, help me listen to these Bible words
not as an excuse, a platform or a decoration
for the sermon
I was already planning to preach,
but as explosively new this morning
as they were so long ago.

Inconvenience me with new insight.
Challenge every interpretation
I have ever read.
Expose my cheap illustrations.
Undermine my favorite
political posture
and theological preferences.

But since all those folks are sitting there …
teach me to tap dance
and change my heart.

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2 Responses to Pastor’s prayer before the morning reading

  1. Stephen Price says:

    I love it. It is, I’m sure you know, the kind of prayer that will rewrite your sermon in the pulpit. Scary when that happens.

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