Saturday 2 April: Lent 2011

You are encouraged to pray the prayer, pause, read the scripture, pause, read the reflection, and then pray the prayer again.

The Breastplate Prayer

May the yoke of the Law of God be upon this shoulder,
The coming of the Holy Spirit be on this head,
The sign of Christ be on this forehead,
The hearing of the Holy Spirit be in these ears,
The smelling of the Holy Spirit in this nose.
The vision that the people of heaven have be in these eyes,
The speech of the people of heaven in this mouth,
The work of the Church of God in these hands
The good of God and of neighbour in these feet.
May God dwell in this heart,
And this person belong entirely to God the Father.

‘May the speech of the people of heaven be in this mouth’

Revelation 1

1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

4 John,

To the seven churches in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.

8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

In Revelation, John records the words of martyrs and confessors, elders and angels, along with the voice of the ascended Son of God.

This heavenly speech s prophetic: it calls us to ‘hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches’.

It is full of encouragement too, reassuring the believer that ‘those who endure will not be hurt by the second death’.

It is pastoral, calling the believer back to our first love for Christ.

Heaven’s words are words of praise, declaring ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty [and] worthy to receive power, wealth, wisdom and strength, honour, glory and praise.’ Other heavenly voices call out for God’s justice finally to come and hold sway on earth. Heaven’s voices join in singing the song of God’s great purpose in Christ: ‘To purchase for God people from every tribe and language, nation and race, to become a kingdom of priests to serve our God.’

Our prayer asks that we might become speakers of such prophecy, givers of such encouragement, advocates for such justice and declarers of such praise. In short, this prayer is that we too might boldly declare God’s great purpose in Christ.

Morning by morning, we can make God’s purposes in Christ our song, our speech and our motivation. If we live in agreement with our prayer, then any stranger who we meet can quickly gauge what kind of person they have met, knowing that it is ‘out of the overflow of the heart that the mouth speaks’.

That is why, if I pray this prayer today, it is really my heart I am offering to God as I make this request of Him:

‘Let the speech of the people of heaven be in this mouth.’


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