Note: As a personal, spiritual discipline, reviving my practice in the Lenten season of 2017, I revise the prayers I wrote then for each of the forty days of this Lent; each petition focusing on a theme, a concern weighing on my mind and heart or a care of my soul and spirit.
On human mortality and the immortality of adoring prayer (being a meditation on Psalm 103.15-17, Matthew 6.28-30, and Isaiah 40.8)…
As mortal, O Lord, I know that I must reckon my flesh as grass that, as the psalmist sings, “flourishes ‘til the wind blows, and then it is gone” or as the lily of the field, though today arrayed more splendidly than Solomon, tomorrow, withering, is cast into the oven.
Yet, O my Lord, dare I bid that You, by Your Spirit, make my prayer of adoration for You not as I am, but as You are; You Whose Love is steadfast from everlasting unto everlasting. You Whose Word stands for ever.
Thus, I, by faith, shall know, e’en now, whilst I dwell in flesh, that I shall pray You all my days in this world and in the timeless age to come.