If prayers teach us to pray, the one for this Thursday after Ash Wednesday is a good one to think about.
may everything we do
begin with your inspiration,
continue with your help
and reach perfection under your guidance.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.
How better to recognize where we stand before God? Empty-handed, we look for God to begin something within us, to inspire us. We ourselves start with nothing.
Then, we ask for help with what we are about now. We can’t continue without God.
Finally, God must guide us to complete what we are about in our lives. It’s not about what we want or plan, but “your will be done.”
We ask this through Jesus Christ, who has shown us a God who loves us, who promises to make our prayer his own, who is our advocate, our Savior, our reward.