Here’s a prayer of petition inspired by Jesus’ parable of the soils. It comes from the Arthur Rank Centre website.
Prayer of Petition
(inspired by Mathew 13:3-23; Mark 4:3-25; Luke 8:5-18)
And now, O Lord, I have brought you the first portion of the harvest
you have given me from the ground. Deuteronomy 26:10
O Lord, save us from hardness of heart,
where your word cannot take root.
O Lord, save us from shallowness of mind,
where your word withers away.
O Lord, save us from the deceitfulness of riches,
where your word is choked by everyday cares.
But Lord, grant that our hearts may be fertile soil,
where your word flourishes and yields a harvest,
bringing salvation to ourselves and those about us.
~ written by the Staffordshire Seven, in Seasonal Worship from the Countryside. Posted on the Arthur Rank Centre website. http://www.arthurrankcentre.org.uk/