Prayer is the most effective means at our disposal for the cleansing of our mind and emotions, because it places the mind in God’s bright light and the emotions in his warm love. Prayer is like water that makes plants grow and extinguishes fires. (Francis de Sales: Introduction to the Devout Life) —Bernard Bangley, Nearer to the Heart of God, Paraclete Press
Eternal Lord, I thank you for giving me eternal life, and for drawing me to know you and your Father. As you prayed that he would protect your disciples, may he so shelter me and all who are yours, that we may receive your words and fulfill all that you ask of us. Amen.