Top of the morning to ya. Today is March, 17th which means that many all over the world will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. They will dress in green, go to parades, or mercilessly pinch others (for not wearing green)…all because of a man named Patrick. Now Patrick was a saint (not because of Catholic beatification) but because a biblical saint is actually a brother or sister in Christ. In fact, he was never canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. But all believers in Christ are saints, that’s why Paul writes to the churches and calls the believers “saints”.
Anywho, Patrick was once a slave in Ireland who escaped but later returned as a cleric and Christian missionary in the 5th century. He is remembered for quite a few items of his life (some true such as reaching tribal clans of the Celtic Irish peoples) ( & others maybe myth, such as driving out all of the snakes of Ireland). He was a great man of missionary vision, as well as a believer in prayer. His famous prayer is truly remarkable in its passion and desire for Christ to be the supremacy of his life…this I would like to share with you.
“As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit, Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.
Powerful prayer of willing obedience & knowledge of God’s ultimate grace toward us.