Spiritual Resource Thursday

An Excerpt from Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim: A Personal Manual for Prayer and Ritual by Father Edward Hays

This is a devotional treasurehouse with prayers modeled on all traditions and rituals based on everyday activities. Here is a Christian prayer for zeal.

A Prayer for Zeal

Implant within my heart, O God,
the fiery zeal of a Jeremiah,
the conviction of a Ruth or Rebecca
and the zest of a Francis of Assisi.

Stir my slumbering soul,
that it might sing a song of passion and devotion,
drunk with dancing joy and desire for you,
my divine and loving Friend.
May my heart be a hot as the heart of Moses
for all your children burdened by slavery,
for all who feel oppression’s steely heel
or suffer rejection in an alien land.

May I, like your son Jesus,
be consumed with zeal for you, Divine Beloved,
for life, for justice and for peace;
for all that I know in faith.

Fill me with zeal, O God.

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