Are you game to pray this prayer?
Every now and then I have an experience of prayer that changes everything. Perhaps you’ve had this too. Something that changes your perspective on life. Or something that changes your behaviour. Or something that answers a crucial and long standing question. Sometimes it happens in an unanticipated moment. Sometimes it’s a formal prayer. Well recently I’ve rediscovered a prayer someone first showed me more than 10 years ago. It blew my mind then. But even more so now. It’s changing my life. And I guarantee it can change yours too.
But be warned! This is the most ‘dangerous’ formal prayer I’ve ever found…
How to be happy
Just before I share it with you though, I’d like to say one more thing. This prayer was written by a Belgian Bishop around 100 years ago. He says this about the prayer:
“I am going to reveal to you a secret of sanctity and happiness. For five minutes every day quiet your imagination, close your eyes to everything visible and your ears to all external sounds and withdraw into the sanctuary of your baptised soul which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. There, speak to the Holy Spirit and say… [after the prayer he says] …If you do this, your life will be happy and serene. Even in the midst of troubles you will experience great consolation, for grace will be given to strengthen and help you to cope with every difficulty.”
So, ready? Here we go…
Holy Spirit, Soul of my soul,
I adore you.
and console me.
Tell me what I ought to do
And command me to do it.
(here’s where it gets dangerous…)
I promise to submit to everything you ask of me
And accept all you allow to happen to me.
Just show me what is your will.
Wait a minute… Did you just say “I promise to submit to everything you ask of me”? As in, no matter what God asks of you, you’ve already pledged to see it through? Before knowing what He might ask? That’s pretty trusting! Are you ready for that kind of obedience?
Well, since making this prayer a part of my daily life, I’ve found myself more attentive to hearing God speak in the still small voice. And every time I obey that still small voice, the voice is easier to hear and recognise.
But I can’t say I’ve seen it through every time, I’m ashamed to admit. Perhaps it’s pride to assume that I could. But each time I do obey, I hear God more clearly and I feel closer to God. Each time I don’t, I realise my weakness and my need for God. And I guess that’s a good thing too.
How far will you trust God? Will you take the challenge? Is there someone you need to share this prayer with?
Question: What reaction do you have to a prayer like this? Or is there something else you think is more powerful? If so, please share it with the rest of us! You can comment by clicking here.
- Cardinal Mercier ↩