Prayer of Illumination

Here is a prayer of illumination, traditionally offered before the reading and preaching of the Word. It comes from Leonard Sweet’s Preach the Story website.

Prayer before the Word

Gracious God,
may your messages and preaching come to us
through your Holy Spirit’s power,
so that our faith might not rest
on the articulation of words by our pastor 
or the acumen of the human mind,
but upon Your power and presence.
Help us never to depend upon our own might or power,
but always upon Your Spirit.
May You, the God of all hope,
fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in you,
and in your holy Son,
the Lord Jesus,
Messiah of all people. Amen.

~ Posted on Leonard Sweet’s Preach the Story.