Nascar Prayer

As I read Nan’s post on prayer last week I was reminded of three of my favorite prayers. These prayers speak clearly to me of how included our humanity is in the life of God the Father, Son and Spirit RIGHT NOW, in the humanity of Jesus the Son. They provoke me to remember that it is not so much that we have received Jesus into our lives but, in His Incarnation, was receiving us into Him and His Father’s Life in the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. (2 Cor 13:14)

I hope they are of Gospel encouragement to you! I also hope that you will be able to see with greater clarity how included all people and every part of our humanity is involved in the rich and overflowing conversation of the triune God in our adoption.

O God, our Father, we remember at this time…
how the eternal Word became flesh and dwelt
among us. We thank you that Jesus took our
human body upon him, so that we can never again
dare to despise or neglect or misuse the body,
since you made it your dwelling-place.

We thank you that Jesus did a day’s work like
any working-man, that he knew the problem of
living together as a family, that he knew the
frustration and irritation of (being in the public eye),
that he had to earn a living, and to face all the
wearing routine of everyday work and life and living,
and so clothed each common task with glory.

We thank you that he shared in all happy social
occasions, that he was at home at weddings and
at dinners and at festivals in the homes of ordinary
people like ourselves. Grant that we may ever remember
that in his unseen presence he is a guest in every home.

We thank you that he knew what friendship means,
that he had his own circle of men whom he wanted to
be with him, that he knew too what it means to be
let down, to suffer from disloyalty and from
the failure of love.

We thank you that he too had to bear
unfair criticism, prejudiced
opposition, malicious and deliberate
misunderstanding.

We thank you that whatever happens to us,
he has been there before,
and that, because he himself has
gone through things, he is able
to help those who are going
through them.

Help us never to forget that he knows life,
because he lived life, and that he is with
us at all times to enable us
to live victoriously.

This we ask for your love’s sake, Amen.

—From Prayers for the Christian Year, by William Barclay

 “We are always praying, when we are doing our duty and turning it into a work for God.” He added that among the things which we should regard as spiritual in this sense are our household or professional work, the social duties of our station, friendly visits, kind actions and small courtesies, and also necessary recreation of body and of mind; so long as we link these by intention with God and the great movement of his Will.

—From The Spiritual Life by Evelyn Underhill

And this is one of my favorite modern prayers that you just have to see and experience in living video action:

Nascar Prayer

Feel free to share other creative prayers like these with others of our brothers and sisters in this world as you have opportunity in the bubbling over love of the Trinity!

In the name of the Name of the Father, Son and Spirit,

~ Timothy J. Brassell

4 comments so far

  1. Pat Brazier on

    Pastor Tim, I just finished reading Karl Barth’s “The Humanity of God” It has become sooo much more clear just how much Our Father is involved in/with our daily grinds n pleasures of this life—anyway I only wanted to say Thanks for your post!!!

  2. tjbrassell on

    Dear Pat,

    Thanks for your supportive response and you’re welcome! That book from Barth is great and clarifying on the Gospel isn’t it? I have started that book but not fully finished it. Your comments have prompted me to do that! 🙂

    Continue to enjoy your humanity, after all, in some glorified way, you are going to have it forever!

    Peace,Love and Blessings!

  3. Tony Marra on

    Thanks for sharing that prayer Pastor T.
    As always you are a great encourager in the Father, Son and Holy Sister!

    Your Brother and Friend,
    Tony

  4. tjbrassell on

    Brother Tony! You’re welcome! I have been transformed in the renewing of my mind with these prayers, and others, as Christ encounters me more clearly in and through them, sharing His relationship with His Father, the Spirit and all of Creation with me!

    Thank you, too! You have just added to my personal encouragement yourself by your acknowledgement of our having a Holy Sister!!! Ha! I’ve always wanted a sister, and now I see I’ve always had one…Haha!

    Peace, Love and Blessings!


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