Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Morning by Morning, March 17 - St. Patrick's Prayer - "Christ Be with Me, Christ Be within Me"

Good morning, Lord Jesus. Embraced in my Father's arms, centered in Christ my Lord, filled with the Holy Spirit of the Living God, I draw near to You in the communion of prayer.  ...

"For in Christ Jesus (we) are all children of God through faith. As many of (us) as were baptized into Christ have clothed (ourselves) with Christ" (Galatians 3:26-27).

They say St. Patrick clothed himself with Christ in prayer every day as a missionary to the people of Ireland. His "Breastplate Prayer" gave him courage in Christ, as he went into spiritual battle the land of the Druids every day on his knees and with his heart. And the fires of revival burned across the land.

On this St. Patrick's Day, I thank You for the missionaries You send to the people and the nations of the world with the good news of Jesus Christ and the coming of the kingdom of God. May they be bold in faith, courageous and clothed in Christ, fearless in the face of spiritual opposition, and patient in the face of human resistance. "In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2 Corinthians 4:4).

St. Patrick's Breastplate Prayer

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me for ever.
By power of faith, Christ's incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spiced tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the cherubim;
The sweet 'well done' in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors' faith, apostles' word,
The patriarchs' prayers, the prophets' scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun's life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.
Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,

I bind to me these holy powers.
Against all Satan's spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart's idolatry,
Against the wizard's evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Lord Jesus, You are my "Breastplate of Righteousness" and my "Whole Armor of God" (Ephesians 6:13-18). May I be "clothed with Christ" today to share Your good news with how I live my life, carrying the coming of Your kingdom in my heart everywhere You send me. "Christ be with me, Christ be within me" (from Colossians 1:27). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays

Friend,  may you be clothed with Christ each day, as you carry the light and love of Christ within you everywhere the Lord sends you, in Jesus' namePlease pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!


Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out
Pastoral Director | Rapha God Ministries
4 Dominion Drive, Building 1
San Antonio, Texas 78257

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