We want to listen to Your Word,
giving your our full attention
and our complete devotion.
We want to hear You in Scripture,
clearly understanding Your message
and grasping the meaning.
We want our time of preaching to be a time of worship,
when we hear Your Word, see You revealed
and respond with our hearts and lives.
We want to hear and see You,
and getting to know You.
We want to give You the honor You deserve,
asking You to direct our thoughts and actions
and take control of our hearts, minds, and bodies.
We want to listen attentively with open hearts and minds,
that we might see something we have neglected or missed
and be willing to accept the new truth we have seen.
We want all these things.
We really do, O God, but…
We get distracted.
We get set in our ways.
We make up our minds and close our eyes.
We miss You in the reading.
So we ask You to speak clearly,
so that the message is unmistakable
and the meaning clear…
So we can see You,
and discover Your will.
So we can respond, saying Amen! Amen!
And giving You the honor You deserve.
We pray in Jesus’ name,
**this prayer was inspired by Nehemiah 8