8.21.2013

Prayer of the Kingdom

Overview
In my last blog post, I mentioned that Ashley and I just attended a silent retreat at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House located in Dallas, TX. It was such a refreshing experience, and one that I was sad to leave behind, but hope to carry the spirit and intent of the weekend with me. During my time at Montserrat, I was exposed to several new prayers, and this one I absolutely loved.

Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House


While the origin of this prayer was unfamiliar to me, I was struck by the simple power of the plain language used in the Prayer of the Kingdom.

Prayer of the Kingdom

Eternal Lord of all things,
I feel your gaze on me.
I sense that Your Mother stands near,
and the great beings crowd around You,
angels and powers and martyrs and saints.
If You will help me, please,
I would like to make an offering.
I want it to be my desire, and my choice,
provided You want it this way,
to walk this earth the way You walked it.
I know that You lived in a little town,
without luxury, without great education.
I know that You refused political power.
I know that You suffered: Leaders rejected You.
Friends abandoned You. You failed.
I know. I hate to think about it.
None of it looks romantic to me, or very useful.
But it seems to me a toweringly wonderful thing
that Your divine majesty might call me
to follow after You. Amen.

The opening words paint such an incredibly vivid picture in my mind: Jesus with his mother, Mary, standing by His side, and the two of them surrounded by the company of heavenly angels and saints. Then it moves to the desire of the prayer, with the caveat that it should only come to pass if it aligns with God's desire - a good reminder to those requests I make in my own prayer. After this, it describes in brief what it was like to live as Jesus, using very straightforward human emotion. Finally, it ends with the wondrous thought of Jesus specifically inviting me to shape my life after His, a thought so comforting that it leaves nothing else to be desired.

Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
The images in my blog posts from Montserrat were taken by me using my iPhone 4S, but I encourage you to check out the official gallery for more images of this beautiful setting.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place! Definitely still want to return, but so thankful I had the opportunity to share it with you!

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