Christ’s Work – A Prayer of Thanksgiving

I came acrossthe popular prayer by Bishop Richard of Chichester (1197-1253) and thought to make it my own prayer for today.

Thanks be to thee, 0 Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which thou hast given us; for all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for us. 0 most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may we know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly; for thine own sake.

Powerful when contemplated with Isaiah 53:10-11

… it was the LORD’s good plan to crush him
and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
and the LORD’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
(11) When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,
my righteous servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
for he will bear all their sins.


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