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The Book of Common Prayer

For Guidance

O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly; Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties the grace to ask what thou wouldst have us to do, that the Spirit of Wisdom my save us from all false choices, and that in thy light we may see light, and in thy straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


About this prayer

The inspiration of this Collect, another original composition of William Bright, is Psalm xxv.8. The 'Spirit of Wisdom' recalls Isaiah xi.2, and other phrases are taken from Psalm xxxvi.9 and Jer. xxxi.9. Above all the Collect reminds us of our Lord's own personal prayers to His Father; so likewise we should pray not merely that we may know God's will for us, but also that we may have grace and strength to act and live accordingly.

from The Oxford American Prayer Book Commentary by Massey Hamilton Shepherd, Jr. (New York : Oxford University Press, 1950)


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