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September 9, 2006 / Daniel

Prayer

Due to the influence of the chapter on prayer in Simply Christian, I recently have become interested in The Book of Common Prayer.  In my own independent Baptist background, no only did we not use any liturgical prayers, we were pretty suspicious that to do so might be what Jesus called “vain repetitions.”  However, now I’m amazed at the depth of this resource.  Here’s a prayer that has really hit me.

“Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to thee, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly thine, utterly dedicated unto thee; and then use us, we pray thee, as thou wilt, and always to thy glory and the welfare of thy people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

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  1. Levi Hadley / Sep 10 2006 3:21 pm

    You’re so right about our pattern- I read and assimilate books/ideas a year or so before you, then sure enough, without much encouragement from me you’ll be reading the same books a year down the road. I guess my BCP phase was about 3 years ago now. I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started seriously exploring Orthodoxy. It looks like we’ll be received into the Church some time around the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord in the Flesh.

  2. fiester25 / Sep 10 2006 5:46 pm

    That’s pretty weird how that happens.

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