The Worship Quote of the Week for (08/08/2006):

Third-Century Prayer about Scripture
Do you pray that the Lord will help you understand and put into practice what you read in the Bible? Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a wonderful prayer of illumination from the third century. I found this while reading a recent issue of REFORMED WORSHIP.

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Lord God, let us keep your Scriptures in mind and meditate on them day and night, persevering in prayer, always on watch. We beg you, Lord, to give us real knowledge of what we read and to show us not only how to understand it but how to put it into practice and to obtain spiritual grace enlightened by the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord, whose power and glory will endure throughout all ages. Amen.

—Origen of Alexandria (c. 185-254), theologian, philosopher, exegete, and teacher. As quoted in "The Communion of Saints: Resources from the Worldwide Church," an article by Anne E. Zaki, REFORMED WORSHIP, June 2005, No. 76.

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Have a great week.

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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