The following prayer is inspired by Q&A #155 of the Westminster Larger Catechism, “How is the Word made effectual to salvation?”
O Lord God, our Father who has spoken in Your beloved Son,
Grant, we humbly pray, Your Spirit to assist Your Holy Word. By Your power, turn on the lights in our soul, so that Your Word would be a lamp to our feet, and lead us in the paths of righteousness. In Your wisdom, grant that we would become convinced that Your way leads to life, and our ways and wisdom will lead only to death and destruction. May Your Spirit grant us the grace of humility, to not think highly of ourselves, or our talents, or how many Facebook friends we have, but to think highly of Jesus, that He may increase even as we decrease.
Lord, may your Spirit take us on a journey this morning. Lead us, O Father, away from our places of comfort and self-sufficiency, and the never-ending labyrinth that always brings us back to self. Instead, may we walk by the Spirit as He leads us to our eternal safety in Christ Jesus our Lord. Grant that as we hear Your Word preached, we would undergo a spiritual makeover, coming away more and more like Jesus. Father, change our thoughts so that we would have the mind of Christ. Lord, transform our loves and desires, so that we would have faith working through love, the kind of love we discover in Your Holy Word as demonstrated at the Cross. Teach us to obey You here on earth, even as You are obeyed in heaven.
Father, we know that we will face many trials and difficulties, and that the road of faith lies through many temptations. As You strengthened Your servants of old, so grant us the might of Your Spirit today, that we too would stand firm against evil by Your grace. Instead of falling, O Lord!, raise up. Rather than crumbling, fortify us by Your Word. And may we come to find a new orientation, a new normal, that magnifies Your holiness in our lives, is full of comfort that we belong to You, and that by faith alone through Christ, all has been put to right, and we will one day live and reign with You, world without end.
Do all of this, we pray, because we come in the Name of Your own dear Son, our Savior, Redeemer, and Friend, Christ Jesus the Lord. Amen.
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Q. 155. How is the word made effectual to salvation?
A. The Spirit of God maketh the reading, but especially the preaching of the word, an effectual means of enlightening, convincing, and humbling sinners; of driving them out of themselves, and drawing them unto Christ; of conforming them to his image, and subduing them to his will; of strengthening them against temptations and corruptions; or building them up in grace, and establishing their hearts in holiness and comfort through faith unto salvation.