Saturday 23 April: Lent 2011

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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.

‘And let me belong entirely to God the Father’

John 20

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

   But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Over the past forty days, we have prayed this prayer together. We have thought a lot about what it is we are praying and how God might answer. We recalled the words of Jesus telling us that the Lord is seeking us out.  Let me ask you if today you will make yourself the answer to God’s own prayer?

If today your answer is ‘yes’ then simply take your stand before God – just as you have these past forty days and pray once again.

Pray Fursa’s Breastplate Prayer, thinking the meaning of each word as you pray it aloud to God. You may feel something as you do, or you may not feel anything in particular. The point is simply that you offer to God soberly and deliberately words that are meant from the heart.

Pray it believing that you have God’s attention as you express your faith in the Christ; the Christ of the Bible; the loving, teaching, crucified and risen Christ. The Christ who reveals the love of our Heavenly Father by taking away the sins of our life and filling us with His Spirit.

Decide to tell a brother or sister, strong in their in faith in the risen Christ, about your recent prayer journey. This is so that your belonging to Him is no secret and so that the promise of being acknowledged by the Saviour is assured. It also means that in the journey ahead you can share the joys and struggles of it with a godly and wise friend. A person without such a friend is a body without a head.


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.


Then, having prayed, pause again.

Be still for a moment. For this is a threshold moment. Know that what comes after you pray this prayer will be the presentation of daily opportunities to invite God into your waking life and to live in a way that agrees with what you have prayed.