Create in me a clean heart!

Colleen Mitchell: 10 Prayers to Pray When You Have Forgotten How

I love this list!  I know all of them, I’ve prayed most of them.  John 6:68 is a weekly prayer sung as part of the Alleluia before the Gospel  in my former Lutheran synod.  I learned the adaption of Matthew 8:8 after converting to Catholicism as we pray it every Sunday as part of the Mass.

But my favorite by far, one that isn’t included in this list, is Psalm 51:12-14.   It is traditionally sung as the offertory in the Lutheran liturgy, except during Lent.  I pray it almost every day – either by saying it or singing it.  One of the most incredible gifts I’ve been given by the church that birthed and nurtured my faith for nearly half a century.

Create in my a clean heart, oh God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with your free spirit.
Psalm 51:12-14

Creating Selah
Pause & Listen
Create in me a clean heart
My Lord and my God

This is who I want to be. This is who I am working to be. This is who I am, thanks to the wonderful gift of faith I’ve been given.

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