Lord Jesus, just as You healed the daughter of Jairus right after healing a woman with an incurable medical condition, you Lord are demonstrated to be the God of healing not just physical conditions, but the God of healing souls. Lord our state apart from the touch of Your healing grace in our souls is incurable. We’re terminal. Apart from a correction of grace, we don’t want You, we don’t seek You, we’re indifferent to You and Your calls to come to You, we’re comfortable in our soul diseases and sins that eat away at us. We’re comfortable in the distractions of the flesh that all too easily please us that are all around us and pressing in and keep us from enjoying the only One who could deeply satisfy all of our desires and longings.
Father, by Your Spirit shine a light on Your Son, that we may see His unspeakable beauty, and like Moses Lord, would You show us His glory that we might be changed. It is the touch of Your shining face and favor that is the only thing that will cure our incurable condition. Would you also shine a light on the impurities of our souls that we wouldn’t wince and turn away from You but rather come to You for healing knowing You will readily forgive and accept us. Apart from You we can do nothing. Help us to see our dependence that we would rest on You all the more for life and strength.
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP)