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 words and prayer (being a reference to 1 Corinthians 13.1)…
O Lord, daily and day-long, I employ audible speech and written text to journey across the landscape that separates me from others – and they, too, with me – that we might meet and communicate.
So, in prayer, I set out to trek the terrain betwixt this earth and Your heaven, betwixt me and You with words spoken and scripted, as are these. (Even when I seek You in the hushéd appeal of my heart, my beckoning to You takes shape in human language.)
Yet, surely, I need not so address You. You Who dwells in the sheerest silence of the immensity of eternity. You Who are the Silence of Everlasting Mystery.
Yea, then, O Lord, by Your Spirit, teach me that higher converse of which Your Apostle imagined that I may speak in the tongues of angels.