A Prayer to the Holy One

by Joel Stephen Williams

You are the Lord our God. You are holy, and no one is holy like you. You alone are holy. Your name is holy, and we trust in your holy name. We give thanks to your holy name, and we glory in your praise. Whenever we come into your presence, we know that we are standing on holy ground. You are enthroned as the Holy One. Your Spirit is Holy. Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You have shown that you are holy by your righteousness. Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of your glory. Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.

God, we know that you are able to make us holy. It was for this reason that you came into this world incarnate in human flesh as Mary was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Your Son was declared to be the Holy One of God. It was through the sacrifice of his body that we have been made holy once for all.

God, please help us so that we may be your holy people. We know that we are called to be holy. We know that because you are holy, we must be holy. We are to be a holy priesthood and a holy nation. Because this physical world will be destroyed and because we will be judged, we know that we ought to live holy and godly lives. Teach us the difference between the holy and the common. Teach us how to distinguish between the clean and the unclean.

May we live so that we will be holy and pleasing to you. May there never be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for your holy people. Cleanse your church and make her holy by the washing with water through the word, so that you can present her without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish holy and blameless, because we understand that you have called us to live a holy life.

Lord, you live in a high and holy place, but also you dwell with those who are contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirits of the lowly and to revive the hearts of the contrite. We are unworthy of you, Lord, and your pure perfection makes us want to say, like Peter, "Go away from us Lord; we are sinful people." If we were able to see even a portion of your glory, surely we would cry out like Isaiah, "Woe to us! We are ruined. For we are a people of unclean lips." Nevertheless, we beg that you would be pleased to come live with us, O God. Lord, it is our prayer that we will be holy, so that we will be able to see you and that we may enter into that celestial city to live with you.

In the name of Jesus, the Holy One, we pray in the Holy Spirit to the one and only Holy God, Amen.

(Lev. 11:44; Psa. 99:3, 5, 9; Josh. 24:19; 1 Sam. 2:2; 6:20; Rev. 15:4; Psa. 33:21; 97:12; 103:1; 105:3; 106:47; 111:9; 145:21; 1 Chron. 16:35; Ex. 3:5; Lev. 20:3; 22:2; 22:32; Psa. 22:3; 47:8; 51:11; 77:13; Isa. 5:16; 6:3; Rev. 4:8; Lev. 22:16; 22:32; Mt. 1:18, 20; Lk. 4:34; Heb. 10:10, 14; 13:12; Ex. 22:31; 1 Cor. 1:2; Eph. 1:4; Lev. 11:45; 19:2; 20:7; 20:26; 21:6-7; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; 2:5, 9; 3:11; Ezek. 44:23; Rom. 12:1; Eph. 5:3, 26-27; Col. 1:22; 1 Thess. 4:7; 2 Tim. 1:9; Isa. 57:15; Lk. 5:8; Isa. 6:5; Heb. 12:14; Rev. 21:27; Jude 1:20).

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