NIGHT PRAYER: Monday 10/30

NIGHT PRAYER: Monday 10/30

Whether you’re getting ready to don a mask or costume or not, 
this prayer can be helpful long before and long after Halloween…


help me not worry 
about what I’m to wear,
about all the daily costumes
hanging in my closet… 

Clothes don’t make a man

and clothes don’t make a woman:

    it’s how my heart is dressed

    that makes me who I am…

Help me take off all the costumes, Lord,
that hide my truest self: 
    pride and false humility, 
    authority and knowledge,  
    pretended self-assurance,   
    bravado and self-pity...
Help me take off all my masks, Lord,
the ones I wear 
to try to hide from others and from you 
– and even from myself –
the person you created me to be…
Help me take off all my masks
and reveal my fears and tears, 
my worry and anxiety,
my pain and disappointment, 
my doubt and my confusion
my hidden faith and strength,
my human worth and value, 
my belief and trust in you
and my desire to be loved 
– in other words –
reveal the true face of my heart, unmasked,
my soul laid bare for healing:
   show me the person you created,
    in your image, Lord, divine…
Help me find the hidden beauty
‘neath the costumes and the masks
worn by everyone around me 
  – beginning with myself – 
and help me, Lord, to find and love 
your holy face, unmasked, 
in all I meet and know…
Protect us, Lord, while we’re awake
    and watch over us while we sleep
that awake, we might keep watch with you
    and asleep, rest in your peace…

Search me, oh God
Reveal my heart
Expose my sin that it may be confessed
Search me, oh God
Unveil each thought
And leave no hidden motive unaddressed

Uncover every action born in pride
Show me the worldly ways I still embrace
May every anxious thought be brought to light
And each unspoken fear with faith replaced

Search me, oh God
Observe my life
Bring to my mind each idle word I speak
Search me, oh God
Test my resolve
And alert me where you find it weak

Reveal all weakened walls within my soul
Show me potential dangers unforeseen
Then clothe my conscience with your holiness
Help me to guard it well and keep it clean

Search me, oh God
That I may walk in peace
Filled with the joy of knowing all is well
My heart surrendered and my conscience clean
So great a joy my tongue can scarcely tell
Oh, what a joy to know that all is well