Morning Prayer: Psalm 40:7; Isaiah 58:9; Hebrews 10:7 ~ here I am

Morning Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening sentence

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

You will find the Lord your God, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Morning readings

Psalm 40:7 NLT:

Then I said, “Here I am, I have come — it is written about me in the scroll.

Prayer-Man Send Me

Isaiah 58:9 NLT:

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

Hebrews 10:7 NLT:

Then I said, ‘Here I am — it is written about me in the scroll — I have come to do your will, my God.’”

Reflection/Prayer:

God desires to look at us with open face and say, ‘Here I am and I am here for you.’ The Hebrew word for this is ‘Hineni’ – and there are familiar stories of people responding to God in this way. Hineni means, ‘I’m ready, Lord: I’ll go if you send me; I’m listening, Lord, tell me what You would have me know.’

‘Abraham!’
‘Hineni,’ he replied.
‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there.’
Isaac says to Abraham, ‘Father?’
‘Hineni?’
‘The fire and the wood are here, where is the lamb for the sacrifice?’

God called to Moses, from the bush that was burning, ‘Moses! Moses!’
And Moses said, ‘Hineni.’

A voice called in the night. The child Samuel gave answer: ‘Hineni – what do you want?’

‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Me?’ said the voice from the midst of the throne.
And Isaiah responded, ‘Hineni.’

Lord God, help us to be willing and available, open to your call, to say, ‘Hineni, Adonai. Here I am.’

Canticle

Christ, as a light… illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield… overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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Peanut Gallery: The Morning Prayer readings are from the Daily Office of the Northumbrian Community as available online here… and in the book form, Celtic Daily Prayer available on Amazon.com.

The website and prayer book are rich in prayer resources and I commend them to you. For our purpose here, I will limit my selections to the Morning Prayer resources.



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