PRAYER FOR HOLY AFFECTION
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength.
The Lord is one ~ My God and I have no others.
You are my God; the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. What You revealed to them about Yourself is still true today. I live in their stories and learn from their experiences with You. I embrace Your promises to them as so many are also promises to me. Who else would I possibly worship? There is no one but You. At the end of the day, my heart turns over with passion for the beauty of You. Thoughts of You keep me up at night.
In every way my heart could be turned aside and be captivated by trinkets instead of You, show me. The desire of my heart is to love You with no compromise. Your eyes roam the earth, searching for someone whose heart is completely Yours. I know there are many who love You wholeheartedly, but please make me one of Your passionate worshipers.
In every way my soul could be turned aside by worry, anger, fear, and rumors of accusations against You, show me. So many hate You and say disparaging things about You to me. They laugh at my excitement when I speak of You. They laugh at the preoccupation I have with You. How much they would love to see my devotion to You corrupted. Protect me from the pressure to be loved and respected by them. In every way my soul could obsess over things that dim Your beauty, I will make an honest effort to stop the temptation as soon as it starts.
In every way my strength could be divided, show me. I give you the first fruits of my energy, not the leftovers. When I feel strong, I will consider You before expending the best part of my day on things that don’t matter. I turn my face toward heaven, keep it fixed on Your face, and live my life with You ever in my view. Amen